Year of Release: 2007
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Approx. Running Time: 158 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
This widely acclaimed masterpiece and must-see American epic features the Academy Award-winning performance of Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, 2007). Daniel Plainview and son are independent oil men, looking for prospects in California at the turn of the 20th Century. They are challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose own ambition is matched by Plainview's. Their battle forms the center of a scary, darkly-comic historical journey into an abyss of madness. "There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, belching fire and brimstone and damnation to Hell. It is, above all, a consummate work of art" (Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES).
When I first saw the previews to this film, my initial reaction was "That looks stupid." As time went by, I kept hearing all these rave reviews and gave in to my resulting curiousity when the movie was released on DVD.
I should have trusted my initial feeling. I never even finished the movie. The plot moved too slowly, none of the characters seem to possess any redeeming qualities and I quickly became bored with it. I honestly can't see what people thought was so great about this film.
Rated R (MPAA)
2007 (Year of Release)