Here I come with my interpretations of the Academy Award winning movies. There will be blood won the Best Actor award and Best Cinematography award. I can very easily see why. There is hardly anything in this movie which you can criticize. The movie resembles more to The Aviator and is loosely inspired from a movie called Oil.
There will be blood is a story of an ambitious businessman. Succeeding in business is not just his ambitions but also an obsession. Its his psychological need to succeed and crush each and every opponent. There will be blood is about greed and relationships. It depicts the trade off between obsession for wealth and value of relationships.
Daniel Day in the lead role is just fantastic. From the calm an ruthless businessman to to almost mad person his performance is a textbook of acting.
Day learns that far off in California he can cheaply acquire a land which is holding oil deep in its stomach. He gets this tip from a young boy whose family is in need of money. Day knows that people wont sell their land to him so easily. For that he decides to develop a ‘caring man’ kind of a image. For this he adopts H.W. a young kid who happens to be the son of his employee who gets killed during his oil extraction process.
He moves his operations to California. Promises the villagers schools and other amenities. He uses H.W. to show these people that how caring man he is. While carrying out this plan he confronts with the wicked village church priest who has his own motives and interests.
He designs his own equipments for ridging and soon becomes rich enough to start an enterprise. By 1911 he becomes on of the biggest Oil Tycoon.
The village priest whom Day had promised $5000 returns to ask for the money. Actually by than the priest had started his own church of third revelation and projected himself as a faith healer. Day refuses to pay him and violently attacks him.
However Day soon finds himself in a dramatics situation where he needs to buy a small ranch for his construction of a oil pipeline. The owner of the land puts a condition that Day must convert to the Faith of third revelation founded by the priest whom he had insulted. Having no faith in any religion Day agrees. The conversion process turns out to be very humiliating for Day (just like how they show on religius Tv, the priest slaps him , throws him on ground etc etc. 🙂
In a tragic blast H.W. turns deaf and is sent to a deaf school because of his weird behavior at home. He learns sign language but Day is not able to talk to him, nor he is interested.
the wicked priest Eli has to visit Day again, this time it the Day who holds the card. Eli despite owning a huge church and radio station is almost bankrupt. He offers Day to sell the last ranch in the area. But Day now forces him to even more humiliating scene. He forces him to admit in public that he is a false prophet, denounce presence of God, call his own church a superstitious. After that he tell Eli that he has already sucked out all the oil from that last ranch as well from his surrounding ridges.
Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy. Drained dry. I’m so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that’s a straw, you see? You watching? And my straw reaches across the room, and starts to drink your milkshake… I… drink… your… milkshake! I drink it up!
Finally Day kills Eli. His last words are “I am finished”. Little insane in its aspirations this movie is little difficult to understand for the kind of language they have used. Also as an Indian viewer we might feel disconnected from the story.