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Review: There Will Be Blood

Words, on the whole, are used rather frugally in this ambitious script, Anderson's own sprawling adaptation of a part of Upton Sinclair's novel Oil. When they do emerge, however, they fall mostly from Plainview's mouth, an articulate pioneer whose tongue clearly caught some of the silver he formerly mined. Silver is not even a prologue to the film, the ferociously hungry Plainview chucking the lesser metal instantly aside as he hunts for black gold.

Plainview's words are strong, majestic and spoken with an all-conquering clarity that only comes with great confidence. It is a John Huston style drawl, and the actor does it alarmingly well. The man, eventually becoming an American oil legend to rival the biggest corporate guzzlers of the land, knows the power of words and uses them like an artist, softening his inflection to ply into the hearts of women with promises of bread, and raising them to unbearable harshness -- when he needs to.

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