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There Will Be Blood (2 Discs)

Released on 07 July 2008

Featuring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano & Ciarán Hinds

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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A brutal, bloody, and gripping saga of obsession, corruption, and poisonous greed; Paul Thomas Anderson's Award Winning There Will Be Blood is a masterly, unwavering inspection of a consummately evil man whose trailblazing spirit is equalled only by his murderous ambition.

In the dying years of the nineteenth century Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a struggling silver miner, realises that true wealth lies in oil extraction. Driven by a passionate hatred for others and an intense psychological need to see competitors fail, he heads for the oil-rich land of California in a bid to manipulate and exploit the landowners of dust-worn Little Boston in to selling him their properties. Forefront of the town is self-styled `faith healer' Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) who is structuring his own sinister plan to funnel the residents' impending wealth into his self-founded church. As Plainview's empire expands, so does his obsession with the intrinsic value of power and he becomes increasingly irascible and paranoid along the way. What follows is a vindictive, ruthless, and violent chain of events as Plainview fails to deliver on promises as he pits himself against the town's perturbed and unstable charismatic teenage preacher.

In addition to stunning visuals and an exceptional, captivating score from accomplished composer (and Radiohead guitarist) Jonny Greenwood, director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) owes his best work to date to the incredible Academy Award winning performance as Plainview by Daniel Day-Lewis and the staggering portrayal of Eli Sunday by Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine). Bearing similarities to Citizen Kane and Giant, There Will Be Blood is an intelligent, thought-provoking, and powerfully-eccentric epic masterpiece that is as enchanting as it is timeless.

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 Average rating (73 reviews)

 Intelligent Western

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This is pretty much Daniel's show, and for once his scenery chewing style of acting fits the film he's in - although he is almost upstaged by his quality moustache.

By no means an easy watch; before an image hits the screen, a mounting, atonal string note assaults the viewer's ears. That's followed by twenty minutes of dialogue-free action. Two and a half hours later, it finishes with a scene that seems so at odds with everything that has gone before, that you're afraid it's scuppered the entire thing.

It won't come to you immediately, but this may be a masterpiece.

 No doubt a very good film, just not that enjoyable!

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Before i start, I'd just like to say that i do respect this film a lot, and i do regard myself as a good movie fan, so please don't just dismiss me as an ignorant fool, just becuase i haven't given it 5 stars.

Firstly, the good stuff. Well for starters i like the setting. The Early America has always interested me as a fasicnating time, so i was over-joyed to hear There will be Blood is set in the time where 'Black Gold' starts turning ordinary americans into oil barons! Hoo-ray!
Secondly, and significantly, is the acting. Daniel Day Lewis is exceptional and definetly deserved his Oscar. The milkshake bit at the end was great! Also Paul Dano does a great job too, in spite of the fact that he has the much more powerful DDL with him most of the time. Also importantly, is the overall presentation and directing. PT Anderson clearly shows he is a dignified movie - maker, and this shines through as a top class picture! Brilliant!

HOWEVER. I love movies, and i always expect that a film must be enjoyable to watch. TWBB didn't really seem to do thsi for me. From the trailer i expected the scenes to be amazing, with a good script and acting, but the story didn't seem to do much, if I'm honest. I know this is what people will get annoyed at, but i was kind of boredm and left dissapointed that I wasn't as capitavted as led to believe. Personally, I prefered No Country for Old Men, as it has some pace and action to it, on top of all the things that make this film good.

Therefore, with regret, I could only give There Will Be Blood 3 stars, as i feel it rises way above some of the crap that is released in society today, but overall it wasn't that enjoyable. I understood the whole conflict between greed and humanity, epitomised at the end of the film, but that wasn't really enough for me.

Overall Presentation = 9 / 10
Acting = 9 / 10
Entertainement = 5 / 10

 Powerhouse performance! Epic story!

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A huge epic tale of an oil baron called Daniel Plainfield set at the end of the 19th century, WAKE UP! Stay with me.
This film moves on through his greed and love for his son and his desperate need to see his son take on his mantle with his greed and charm (see also smarm).
The film is easily owed a great deal by Daniel Day lewis's performance, which goes from the young active eager businessman to the bitter twisted old man.

 Best Film Ever

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won oscars galore - have to say its the best film ever! anyone who says it isnt has no idea about films and should give me £100.

Best film ever - FACT

 Grit and Oil

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Apparently Daniel Day Lewis looked to John Huston's early works for inspiration as his role as Daniel Plainview, as well as the mannerisms of the man himself, and this definitely shows. Plainview's gruff and relentless persona are archetypal of the man's man, with his deep brogue and cock-eyed stare contributing to the menace of his character throughout the film. The plotline of the film itself would not carry the prestige and acclaim it has generated if it were not for this central character, much like Bogart in the similar 'Treasure of Sierra Madre'. On the opposition is Paul Dano's Eli Sunday, the preacher (or orator) who clashes with Plainview as each man sets out to reach their own goals. Whether those goals are for leadership, wealth, or simply the selfish interests of personal gain is up to personal opinion, but the actors themselves truly reflect the confilct and turbulence of industry vs religion in the late 19th Century.
This film is a masterpiece, and although long and slightly uneasy at times, it pays off when that climactic final scene is left ringing in your mind. "Finished!"

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ActorsDaniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Russell Harvard & Kevin J. O'Connor
DirectorPaul Thomas Anderson
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.