Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn
The 1980’s is known for many things. The advent of computers, the bringing down of the Berlin Wall, the birth of the author of this blog and spreading of AIDS. Doctors knew very little about AIDS and how to cure it with patients relying on myths, experiments and other methods that were not very effective. Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) is an electrician and rodeo cowboy from Dallas, Texas who mostly spent his time drinking, doing some drugs, sleeping with prostitutes and gambling. He soon contracts AIDS and is shunned by society and is assumed to be homosexual. People around him were not very tolerant about homosexuality or AIDS and Ron soon lost his job, his friends and was evicted from his house. Dr. Eve Saks (Garner) tells Ron about AZT, the only known drug at the moment that can prolong a patients life but cannot cure AIDS. Since the drug is still on trial, Ron cannot get any. He tries to bribe a hospital attendant but soon realises that the AZT is making his health worse. Ron meets Dr. Vass in Mexico who tells him to stop AZT and prescribes him to medicine that is not approved by the US FDA but at the same time is not illegal. He starts smuggling the drug across the border and realises that he can make money by selling it to other HIV patients. With the help of Rayon (Leto) a transgender also with AIDS, the duo start the Dallas Buyers Club where the give medicine for membership. The story is based on a true story and focuses on Ron’s battle with AIDS, battle with the FDA to approve his drugs and how a man who survived only on alcohol and cocaine and was not supposed to live for more than 30 days, survived for seven years before succumbing to the disease. Matthew McConaughey has put on an exceptional performance along with Jared Leto and the duo have won a well deserved Oscar for their roles. It highlights the fighting spirit that Ron had within him, inspite of his upbringing and lifestyle. The story in itself does not have any highlights, lines that stick in your head or scenes that you would remember years after watching the movie. A highly recommended movie to watch, simply for McConaughey’s brilliant acting.
Thumbs up: Some truly amazing acting
Thumbs down: A non-exciting story