Some context: The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s long awaiting follow-up to 2007’s There Will Be Blood, has been passed from studio to studio since 2009, for varying reasons that range from budgetary issues to the fact that the film is supposedly a thinly-veiled and scathing critique of Scientology. Regardless of the reasoning, PTA finally got The Master made with a distribution deal from The Weinstein Company, and is offering up a peek at the very mysterious new film via a hypnotic teaser trailer.
The Master concerns a charismatic writer (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who launches a religious organization in the aftermath of World War II. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a drifter that becomes Hoffman’s Number Two, but who begins to develop doubts about his new mentor and belief system.
So…one might see how The Master may be seen as a jab at Scientology. That said, putting whatever controversy is attached to the film aside, the teaser for The Master is a hypnotic marriage of the soundtrack by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood (who also composed the riveting score to There Will Be Blood) and an interrogation of Phoenix. It doesn’t tell us much about the film’s plot, but it does give us a taste of the unnerving and off-kilter tone of The Master.
The Master is set for an October 12, 2012 release date.
What do you think of the trailer?