Thursday, January 31, 2008

There Will Be Blood

I forgot that I hadn't blogged about this movie yet and thought I should probably do it before I totally forget. Ryan and I went to see There Will Be Blood on Saturday. I didn't know much about it before I went (I thought it was going to be some sort of western), but it was really good. I have heard that it is up for a bunch of awards, which is fitting seeing as it is a riviting film (like those big words?). It is a fairly gruesome and bloody movie (but with BLOOD in the title I actually was expecting a little more gore than ended up on the screen).

Here is a small plot synopsis:
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 film inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! (1927). It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and was written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) begins as a silver prospector in 1898, when he discovers oil in one of his silver claims. He soon earns enough money to build a small drilling company. One of his workers is killed in an on-site accident, and his infant son is left an orphan. Plainview takes the child as his own, and begins a much larger enterprise, using the boy, whom he names H.W. (Dillon Freasier), as his nominal "partner" to project his status as a family man and a family businessman. By 1911, he is one of the most successful oil men in California.

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