There will be Blood

PUBLISHED: 10:49 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

NEITHER director Paul Thomas Anderson nor actor Daniel Day-Lewis do minor movies so you would expect nothing less from this week s There Will Be Blood than two-and-a-half-hours of film-making and thespian fireworks. The film tells the story of oilman Dani

NEITHER director Paul Thomas Anderson nor actor Daniel Day-Lewis do minor movies so you would expect nothing less from this week's There Will Be Blood than two-and-a-half-hours of film-making and thespian fireworks.

The film tells the story of oilman Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis), who ruthlessly builds himself from being a struggling prospector but finally hits a problem when he and his team ship up in Little Boston, California, to tap into its massive oil reserves.

The town's firebrand evangelist preacher (Paul Dano) is having none of it and is ready to do battle with Plainview for the town's acceptance. When things start to go wrong, Plainview's grip on reality begins to slip.

As you'd expect from Anderson, who made Boogie Nights and Magnolia, there are some brave bits of directing right from the start. There is no dialogue in the opening scenes and it is well into the film before Day-Lewis gets to speak. And when he does, you listen.

This is epic filmmaking and has secured itself a host of Oscar nominations, with Day-Lewis a short-priced favourite for Best Actor.

There Will Be Blood may not be to everybody's taste and is far from easy viewing but the quality shines through.

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