1902 as a silver mining workers Daniel Plainview in a chance to open in the next oil deposits, eat the sweetness in 1911 he had suddenly become as Oil Man looking for the source of Petroleum and Minerals.
The movie has two main lines, one out of a dark. Open wire which began around Daniel Plainview, the director will be a mercenary for the money, the means cruel, inner strength, hate the world vividly screen in front of his gritty, look for targets and resolutely implement the plan, in order to reach the goal at all sweep clear the road of the “robber barons” style chilling.Complement each other, dark lines in the movie, the director focused on a “hypocritical” Christian apologist – Eli Sunday priest, he preached superstitious ideas and to “the prophet of God” in the name spent a lot of effort to conduct their own image building, hearts conceal the brutality and greed, through religion to deceive the public to accept the “subsidy.” Daniel Plainview despise Eli Sunday emotions finally burst in the film at the last minute, he would like to own name, executed Eli Sunday, just as deep in his soul pulled out of a thorn.
Like with any political force, as the representative of a large oil-capital forces and religious forces despite competing, but also interdependent, in the common economic or political interests before the rivals before a second handshake can instantly lay down their arms cooperation. Films portray these two forces can be described as extremely spicy, always relentless, successful people on the one hand lament the difficulty and expense of cruelty, on the other hand, and fully appreciate the “want to be successful, only the expense of other people” helpless and biting desolate.
In 1914, the outbreak of World War II, during the war, the United States successfully carried out industrialization and reforms and rapid accumulation of wealth by means of war on the world stage. 10 years after the war is part of the merchant class of 10-year government would no longer interfere in the private sector and legislation to protect, then successfully cleared one by one pioneer history to join the ranks of the capitalists. Represented by Daniel Plainview rise and capital into the industry, as well as Eli Sunday as the representative of the spread of Christianity, such as parallel lines contrast with the general description of the early 20th century American frontier history. The Movie accompanied by the rise of American capitalism and industrial development, and created a general climbed from the bottom of the pioneers in the process of oil tycoon, spanning the Great Depression at the end of the 1930s, with the collapse of the bubble economy broken, humanity finally bloom ugly side.