Monday, January 13, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Kevin Rankin, Griffin Dunne

In 1985 at Dallas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and part time bull rider ends up in the hospital and he finds out he has full blown AIDS.  He lives a hardcore life of drug use, heavy drinking, chain smoking and having a lot of unprotected sex with any stripper or drugged out woman he can find.  The trails for the first drug for AIDS, AZT, has started, and he wants some to keep living.  After being deny for the study, he gets the drug smuggled out of the hospital for me.  When the supply gets locked up, Ron ends up in the hospital sharing a room with Rayon, a cross dressing drug using gay man that was included in the AZT drug trail.  Ron finds out about a doctor in Mexico with alternative meds to treat AIDS.  Ron smuggles the drugs back to Texas, and he meets up with Rayon.  They set up a membership for people to receive the drugs each month in a motel room.  The FDA does everything they can to set him down.  The drugs that is handing out are legal, but they are not approved by the FDA.
This movie gives the old FU to the FDA, which I agree with completely.  When you see most of the trailers for this movie, you would think that it is more of a comedy than anything else.  They show people laughing.  This is a serious movie about AIDS medications.  Nothing pretty or funny.

The character of Ron Woodroof was nothing to look up to.  He did most of this for his own health and profit.  He did not care about the people that were coming to him for the meds.  He just wanted their money, but later in his life he did have a change of heart.  Matthew McConaughey was great in this role.  If there were not photos released before the movie, you would not hardly believe that was him.  He looks terrible, but a great performance. Now Jared Leto lost lots of weight as well, but he had the body language down flat.  He worked with Calpernia Addams, a transgender person male to female, to obtain the look and feel for the character.

This was such a good movie.  It was so much better than I thought it would be.  This is one to own.  It is rewatchable.  It is just so sad what pharmaceutical companies did to people with AIDS.  Enjoy.

Dallas Buyers Club Trailer

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