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Rated R · 150 min. · 2012

Drama


Encased in atmospheric amber, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest emulates the pace and palette of There Will Be Blood—if you splice Jonny Greenwood's score for both, you couldn't tell where one ends and the other begins. Although Blood is 20 minutes longer than The Master, theater viewers may exit believing the opposite to be true. While Anderson's oil epic was a character-driven allegory about Americanism and religion, the writer-director came to his newest project full of big ideas but became both enamored and distracted by his formidable actors along way. With Philip Seymour Hoffman as an L. Ron Hubbard-like charlatan and Joaquin Phoenix as an acolyte.


See our full review: Idiosyncratic vision of American empire in <i>The Master</i>

Idiosyncratic vision of American empire in The Master

In The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) returns to familiar themes: the search for a father figure or lost son; dysfunctional family relationships; and flawed men fated to self-destruction. »

Official Site: www.themasterfilm.com
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson and JoAnne Sellar
Cast: Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rami Malek, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, Kevin J. O'Connor, Lena Endre, W. Earl Brown and Darren Le Gallo

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