By William C. Benker
There Will Be Blood – 2007 – dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
A film such as There Will Be Blood only comes around every decade or so. It is a picture that transcends the contemporary (and often times, overemphasized) allusions to current issues, eventually revealing the true heroics of man. Usually, films such as these relish in the battle of man with the world around him. This time, Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a step back, graciously inviting his audience to participate in his fantastic allusion. There Will be Blood is our modern American epic. Already resonating with films such as Citizen Kane, the personal psychology has an intrinsic connection with today’s audience. All corporate evil aside, this is film is about competition. To go even farther, There Will Be Blood is an objective look at the driving force of ambition, and the right of man to climb to the top, however he may get there. It all starts with Daniel Plainview.