There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. Written and directed by P.T. Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), the story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis in an Oscar-winning performance), who transforms himself into a self-made oil tycoon.

When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West with an ocean of oil under it, he heads with his son to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But with great fortune comes great greed and conflicts escalate. The lives of Plainview, H.W. and Eli become imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.

Best Lead Actor (Day-Lewis) at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG Awards in 2008
2008Rating: M, Moderate violence and themes158 minsUSA
DramaWestern

FIND TIMES & TICKETS

Streaming (3 Providers)

There Will Be Blood / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

About ten minutes before the end of the screening of There Will Be Blood, an elderly gentleman squeezed past and sat himself down a few seats along from me. Being too engaged in the climactic scene to suggest to him that he'd wandered into the wrong cinema, I let him be. As soon as the credits began to roll, however, he realized his faux pas and anxiously asked me what film we’d been watching. I said, "It's called There Will Be Blood". With hindsight, I should have answered: "We were watching a masterpiece of contemporary cinema sir, it’s called There Will Be Blood. It combines a breathtaking visual experience with a tight-knit character study and sets that upon the epic canvas of turn-of-the-century California. Engaging throughout, it emerges as one of the year's best and a must-see for all film lovers." And he would have been happy.

Full review
Variety

Variety

Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.

Full review
The New York Times

The New York Times

The film is above all a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making, and its pleasures are unapologetically aesthetic. It reveals, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.

Full review
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

Truth be told - and this is a film about truth-telling, among other things - this is where Daniel Day-Lewis finds a character large enough for his enormous acting talent.

Full review
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

This is also, and profoundly, a moviemaker's film: particularly in the sequences of work, in which blood and sweat and sweet crude mix and no one speaks, it is pure retina-searing cinema. Enthralling.

Full review
Newshub

Newshub

The thing about There Will Be Blood is you can admire its creation, its crafting and its worth... but you might not enjoy doing it. I can certainly see this film's worth - I just didn't enjoy it.

Full review
Film Threat

Film Threat

This may be an extremely bold statement to make, but there hasn’t been such an amazing character study in film since “Citizen Kane.” I honestly can’t praise it enough. From the opening to the ghastly ending, this film will sit in the depths of your stomach for some time to come.

Full review
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Uncompromising, intelligent and searing cinema. Along with The Assassination Of Jesse James... and No Country For Old Men, this is the best batch of Western-set dramas in decades. John Huston would have been proud.

Full review

There Will Be Blood / Trailers