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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)

This film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée is set in Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use 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 positive and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially angry and in denial that he would have a disease which only 'faggots' have, but upon reflection comes to the realisation that the diagnosis is probably true due to unprotected sex. 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 trial stage in the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least extend his life, Woodroof goes searching for it by whatever means possible.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Donna Duplantier, Deneen Tyler

My thoughts on this film: I must agree with other reviews that this is probably Matthew McConaughey's best performance. He definitely carries the movie.
The film deals with several themes - AIDS, terminal illness, government regulations, response to crisis, change of life issues, homosexuality, promiscuity, personal responsibility, and capitalism. After watching it, one should come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the issues raised.
However, I cannot say that the 'Dallas Buyers Club' was original or the best thing ever made. The actors made it what it is!
I do not believe this will win Best Picture but Matthew McConaughey deserves Best Actor and Jared Leto should win Best Actor in a Supporting Role!

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