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Movie review – Dallas Buyers Club

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Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. (MCT Campus)

Dallas Buyers Club focuses on Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, the definition of a racist, homophobic, American redneck in Dallas 1985. As he finds that his life of drinking, drug use and casual sex have caught up to him with the confirmation of being positive for HIV, he is told he will likely only live for another month.

Angry and frantic to do what he can to lengthen his life, the only option he is given is AZT, which is in clinical trials at the time. After not being able to afford the drug any longer, his search leads him to Mexico where an American doctor who has lost his license leads him to a cocktail of other drugs and vitamins illegal in the U.S. that he has found have been the most effective in combating the disease.

Dallas Buyers Club is a tale of growth as Woodroof sneaks his newfound cure into the country to sell to the only other patients he can now relate to, the gay community. He and his new business partner Rayon, an HIV+ transvestite played by Jared Leto, dodge the FDA at every possible turn to keep the HIV+ population alive longer while making a profit.

This movie was very well done, moving, had incredible character development and also was terrifically acted. The amount of weight lost by McConaughey and Leto alone was horrifying and truly conveyed the deadliness of the disease, giving the audience perspective. This is a well-deserved nomination and is has a real chance of snagging the award this Oscar season.

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