Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern
Paul Thomas Anderson (Director), Paul Thomas Anderson (Writer)
Release: Sep. 14th, 2012
Runtime: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.
There's a lot to see and hear in this picture, so trying to follow an obnoxiously slow pace was a chore the first two times, and I resented this film for it, even though I champion slowly paced films.
Dodd's wife, daughter, and son-in-law for instance, seem to welcome Freddie to the fold with open arms, but around the same time we realize what Dodd really is, we see the family close ranks around him and warn him that Freddie is a danger to their existence.