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In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his brother, but an impostor.

The killing was certainly unjustified. The man had stolen nothing and professed to be Plainview's friend. In fact, the man had saved Plainview's life when Plainview's kid set the house ablaze. Plainview should have just told him to get lost.

What was the point of killing the man?

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Plainview was a very vindictive person. In his mind he felt extremely betrayed. He had put what little familial love he still had (after he banished his son) on his "brother". So when the brother turned out to be an impostor, Plainview felt his trust (something he doesn't give lightly) had been breached, and his violent nature took over. Notice how he brought back his son afterward, as he was the only family he had left.

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I agree he was being vindictive. And that kind of seems to be the only motivation. Usually when people take such action, there is an obvious benefit to them. He didn't seem to take pleasure in the killing -- before or after -- and there was no financial benefit. – Evik James Dec 19 '11 at 21:41
I do believe he had what we might call today "anger management issues". Which is why he tends to fly off the rocker at the least amount of intimidation. Though he does seem to feel some remorse afterwards. Something DDL portrayed amazingly well. – System Down Dec 19 '11 at 21:56
I'll keep this in mind when I watch it again. Awesome movie! – Evik James Dec 19 '11 at 22:09
After watching again, I agree. Your observation was insightful. – Evik James Dec 28 '11 at 18:17
@EvikJames - Glad you enjoyed your second viewing. TWBB was a movie I didn't enjoy that much in the first viewing, but absolutely loved by the second. – System Down Dec 28 '11 at 20:59

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