“Dallas Buyers Club” is a drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Its cast members include Matthew McConaughey (Ron Woodroof), Jared Leto (Rayon), Jennifer Garner (Eve), Steve Zahn (Tucker), Griffin Dunne (Dr. Vass) and Michael O’Neill (Richard Barkley). It hit the theaters on Nov. 1, 2013. Read on for the “Dallas Buyers Club” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Dallas Buyers Club” Film Synopsis:
The film is set in 1985, where Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS is rampant and the society condemns the dreadful disease as well as the people infected with Human immunodeficiency virus infection or HIV. It all started when Ron Woodroof, an electrician and cowboy, from Dallas, Texas was diagnosed with HIV. Woodroof was a homophobic and a racist. He was into smoking, drinking, drug abuse and casual sex.
While he was in the hospital for a work-related injury, the doctors informed him that he was positive of HIV and he only has 30 days to live. He then started to research about his condition. During his time, azidothymidine or AZT was the only drug use to treat people with HIV, but it was still on a clinical trial stage in the U.S. Woodroof does not have the means to buy the medication, so he tried to find other means to obtain AZT.
His search led him to Mexico and there he met Dr. Vass. Dr. Vass’ license was revoked because of his AIDS-related work against the U.S. regulations. He helped Woodroof find medicines/vitamins which he believed are more effective in treating other symptoms. Woodroof began to smuggle non-FDA-approved drugs not only for personal consumption, but he sold those to people with the same plight as him. He then met Rayon, a transgender with HIV, who has a vast contact of infected people, especially gays.
“Dallas Buyers Club” Movie Review:
The Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer gave this film a 94% and 92% of the audience liked it. Top critics of the Web site have only good words for this movie.
Sarah Ward of Trespass related how the actor’s performance can help uplift a film, just as a career can be uplifted by difficult choices.
“Though grounded by a resonant real-life story of struggle and survival, Dallas Buyers Club offers an example of both,” added Ward in the Trespass magazine report.
Moreover, Jake Wilson of Sydney Morning Herald described the movie as powerfully moving.
“McConaughey’s extraordinary physical transformation is much more than a stunt,” explained Wilson in the Sydney Morning Herald report.
“Dallas Buyers Club” was nominated in the recently held 86th Academy Awards as Best Picture, but lost to “12 Years a Slave.” However, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his performance in this film, while Jared Leto won as Best Supporting Actor.
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