Dallas Buyers Club
Whether it was a bad one-night stand or a dirty needle, life has a nasty way of making all vices come around. In the late twentieth century, the HIV virus had started to spread rapidly, though drugs, unprotected sex, and botched blood transfusions. Now whenever a new disease hits the scene, the first thing we try to figure out is where it came from and what we need to attack in the body to stop its progress. HIV was something we’ve never seen before. It would take a healthy body, and slowly strip away the immune system so that our physique would grow weaker from other germs until one of them eventually kills.
Though a cure has not been found, several forms of medication and minerals have been shown to slow the HIV and AIDS virus, and even restore white blood cells. Unfortunately, our government could not keep up with the demand of an ever-increasing group of stricken people. Medicines could not come out fast enough due to slow testing trials typical red tape. Most of the time, many people were given placebos just as a way to shut up. Dallas Buyers Club reveals that anyone with HIV or AIDS would be willing to put up a fight to continue their right to live.
In the mid 1980s in the heart of Dallas, Texas, a homophobic, drug addicted cowboy Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey) lives life like there’s no tomorrow. He’s content with where he’s at with a job as an electrician and enjoys the occasional bull riding. He’s the envy of all his friends and feels like he’s indestructible. That all ends when an electrocution sends him to the hospital. He’s given a number of tests and he told by Dr. Eve Saks (played by Jennifer Garner) that he’s HIV positive and only had thirty days left.
At first he denies it, thinking that AIDS can only come to homosexuals. But when the shock of reality sets in as he learns more about the virus, he finally breaks down to figure out the next step. He begins taking AZT, only to fall on the brink of death. He goes to Mexico where an unlicensed doctor tells him that he’s been taking the wrong stuff. He smuggles month’s worth of FDA unapproved anti-vials and begins to sell them on the black market. With the help of a fellow HIV patient transgendered Rayon (played by Jared Leto) he begins the Dallas Buyers Club, an exclusive underground association where other AIDS people can pay a fee to be given the right medicines, forgoing doctors and the FDA.
I thought I was going to get a tear-jerking medical thriller and a cliché statement about accepting ones disease. This is a no to all of the above. Dallas Buyers Club plays out more like an engaging gangster story as we witness the rise of Ron Woodroof and how much power he starts to have. He begins thinking that he can make an easy buck, but grows to understand the dilemma he has alongside the AIDS patients. Despite what he says earlier, he eventually becomes a beacon of influence and charges the FDA for preventing ones right to see another day.
Matthew McConaughey is just great as Ron. The proof that he’s a talented guy is tested as he’s almost skeleton skinny, becoming a man of admiration, even if he’s the stereotypical bigot. From beginning to end, he maintains to be likable, and maybe even more respectable, turning heads as he reveals the darker secrets behind medical research and the FDA. We see the fight he’s in, and we want him to influence those that don’t understand him.
The movie’s visual style went with an interesting style; much of the photography screams rough and masculine. Dallas Buyers Club is shown as an unforgiving world, playing most of the surroundings to look terrible when our characters are at home, and intimidating when their in the hospital. Much of the examination is not of the lives of AIDS patients, but that of how pharmaceuticals and medicines are developed and released. Yes, you see that they want things to be safe, but the time it takes to get from testing to the pharmacy is just so slow. You root for Ron to prove that there’s something very wrong and dated with the FDA .
I’ll give this five prescriptions of AIDS medications out of five. Dallas Buyers Club is an original, funny, optimistic, and truthful look at how we see the virus, how the virus looks back, and how too many heads can block one great idea.