The film transcribes the story of a silver prospector who strikes Oil and then embarks on a ruthless path to building a dynasty by tolerating no competition - be it the church, other Oil hunters or even his own child. As expected, Daniel Plainview is brilliantly played by Daniel Day-Lewis. But Paul Dano (the dumb pissed-off son from Little Miss..) really impresses as the Church man who plays Plainview's nemesis. Plays the right foil to the madness of Plainview and is a critical element of this story - culminating in blood. Long movie, but a fabulously filmed story about greed of the riches.
Rating: * * * +