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 centre of a scary, darkly-comic historical journey into an abyss of madness.
Featuring a titanic performance from Daniel Day Lewis as a ruthless and dark Califonria oil tycoon in the early twentieth century - this is a relentlessly intense film. The first 15 minutes give you a taste of what the film is about - remarkably played out without any dialouge as Daniel Plainview (Day Lewis) works a mine shaft on his own, suffering injury, before striking oil deep in the heat of New Mexico. The film covers the first three decades of the twentieth century, as Plainview becomes a ruthless tycoon whose ememies are man and God. And in the film's final section, Plainview takes his revenge on both. As well as the Day Lewis performance - what is also deeply impressive about the film is the electronic score which literally fills the screen with dread and foreboding. An intense and brutal cinematic experience.
Very pertinent. The beginnings of the Oil business, the corruption of false prophets at the local evangelical church. One mans battle to remain sane in the face of religious fervor of the evangelical kind in America.
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A Bona Fide Masterpiece
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Immense. The greatest acting performance I have ever seen. That is how much I think of the performance of Daniel Day Lewis in this epic film. D D Lewis plays an oil prospector, and the film charts his journey from a penniless individual with a few hand tools to a multi corporation tycoon.
Daniel Plaintive makes JR Ewing look as malicious as Sooty.
Lewis is absolutely mesmerising. A superb unforgettable film by the auteur director Paul Thomas Anderson.
The bowling alley scene at end completely blew me away. 100% something else.