Dallas Buyers Club (DVD)
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Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is a stereotypical redneck: racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially in angry denial that he would have a disease that only "faggots" have, but upon quick reflection comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. He begins to read whatever research is available about the disease, which at this time seems to be most effectively treated by the drug AZT. AZT, however, is only in the clinical trials stage within the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least prolong his life, he goes searching for it by whatever means possible.
Marguerite, South Africa. 16 August 2014
Stories about terminal illness always provide good subject matter for films, because either they evoke sympathy for those who succumb (and give the viewer an opportunity for a good cry), or they evoke admiration for the survivor and give the viewer the chance to feel good again. This film does not really do either of these things. Ron Woodroof (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) is not a likable person. One could almost say that he deserves the illness that has infected him, yet by the end of the film, one cannot help but feel a sense of admiration for the strength of his spirit. His counterpoint is Raymond / Rayon, a drug-addicted trans-sexual (Golden Globe & Oscar winner Jared Leto)who is only marginally more likable than Ron. Together these two show us the ugly, selfish world of drugs, drunkeness and cheap sex that has infected them with HIV. As is usual in this type of film, there is always an angel of mercy ready to tackle the system and help the oppressed. Jennifer Garner plays the young doctor who meets Ron & Rayon through her work with HIV sufferers, and who tries to befriend, rather than just treat, the dying men.
If you have the stomach for this kind of material, it is a very good film, but it is certainly not pretty.
Johan, South Africa. 9 April 2015
A wonderful journey of humanity in crisis. Though focusing on one topic, it shows the beauty of people letting their preconceived ideas about others go. A must watch film for all.
Lise, South Africa. 18 March 2015
Loved it. McConaughey is surprisingly brilliant. Touching, and informative.
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