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Science on Screen: There Will Be Blood (2007)

  • Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 158 min.

Science on Screen Film Series

All screenings are free and made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.

When Daniel Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads there with his son, H.W., 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, Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value—love, hope, community, belief, ambition, and even the bond between father and son—is imperiled by corruption, deception, and the flow of oil. (Paramount Vantage)

There will be a post show discussion with Dr. Kevin R. Evan from the Missouri State University Geography Geology and Planning department about the science behind oil exploration.

"There Will Be Blood is ferocious, and it will be championed and attacked with an equal ferocity. When the dust settles, we may look back on it as some kind of obsessed classic."
- David Ansen, Newsweek
"An enthralling and powerfully eccentric American epic."
- David Denby, The New Yorker
"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."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Anderson's uncompromising masterpiece will continue to resonate as a harrowing cautionary warning to a country with oil pumping through its veins, clouding its judgment and coarsening its soul."
- Nathan Rabin, The A.V. Club