“The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed with HIV-postive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.” (Courtesy of Focus Features, IMDB)
Released at the beginning of November and opening in select theaters throughout the month in Dallas, Dallas Buyers Club is an unsettling, dramatic biography about one man’s fight for survival against AIDS and his vast impact on the HIV+ community. This film is a different kind of heroic tale as a smart, yet homophobic and vulgar man (Woodroof) does everything he can to stay alive after abusing his body for so long, and in the process, prolongs many lives and helps a vast amount of the homosexual community. As far as acting goes, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, playing Ron Woodroof and Rayon, a homosexual transvestite, respectively, give impressive performances.
On a deeper level, Dallas Buyers Club involves a sensitive, intense issue in the accusation that the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies are bullying those who are sick and cannot afford the proper medication or treatment. This is played out in a dark, graphic way as we see Woodroof’s lifestyle leading up to and after being diagnosed with AIDS. The content may be a bit rough for some, but that being said, this film is definitely worth seeing.
3.8 out of 5 stars.
Dallas Buyers Club is rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use. Running time is 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Check out my full review for Dallas Buyers Club on WFAA.com