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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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