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The Dallas Buyers Club Review

Introducing the Dallas Buyers Club Review! Today I want to dive into one of Matthew McConaughey’s best performances in my opinion. McConaughey has had some great performances in Interstellar,  the classic Dazed and Confused, and Mud just to name a few. The Dallas Buyers Club is my favorite one even though Interstellar is my favorite movie. The movie is a true story which makes it even better. It’s a great story about how AIDS affects the society it surrounds, set in the mid 1980s. Let’s get into The Dallas Buyers Club Review! 

The main character is named Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey) who is an electrician and a rodeo cowboy. He learns that he has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and that he has 30 days to live. As a heterosexual male who lives in a society that is not very accepting of homosexuals, Ron denies the fact he has the disease. The reason being is that he isn’t a homosexual himself. Back when this movie took place, a lot of people did not know a lot about the AIDS disease. It was commonly thought to be a disease that was transmitted through homosexual intercourse. 

Ron finds out about a program that the Food and Drug Administration is doing that involves a treatment pill for AIDS from his doctor Eve Saks (played by Jennifer Garner). Ron finds a way to get the AZT pills through a backdoor source at the hospital. As Ron begins taking the AZT, his health worsens. He has to go back to the hospital because of his deteriorating health.

When Ron goes back to the hospital, he meets trans gender women who have tested positive for HIV names Rayon. Finding that his health is still worsening from the AZT, Ron drives to a hospital in Mexico, and finds out that AZT is severely poisonous to the human body, and that it kills human cells, which is why Rons health is so bad from the AZT. The doctor in Mexico prescribes him with different medication that is centered around ddC, and peptide T.

Months after Ron has been taking those drugs, he finds that his health has improved a lot. He wants to bring these drugs to the United States, and sell them to people who have AIDS, and help them with the disease. Also to make money off of selling the drugs. Even though the drugs are not illegal in the US, they are not FDA approved. Ron starts to sell the drugs on the streets to HIV/AIDS patients, and is successful. Along the way, Ron comes back into contact with Rayon, the trans women he met at the hospital. Ron and Rayon agree to start a business off of selling these drugs together.

Ron and Rayon establish the “Dallas Buyers Club”. A membership based club that gives the patients the medicine that Ron got from Mexico every month. The Dallas Buyers Club becomes really popular because the patients realize the drugs are working, and they are working more than the AZT. 

The Dallas Buyers Club is so successful that it begins to interrupt the hospital business in the US, as the hospitals are still working on the trial for AZT. As a result of this, the FDA tries to find some way to prohibit Rons business, but cannot because the drugs are not illegal. In 1987, the FDA changed its laws on unapproved drugs in the US to have them all illegal. This now means that Rons business is illegal. 

As the Dallas Buyers Club begins to run out of money, Ron and Rayon do everything that they can to raise more money for the ddC and the Peptide T. They eventually run out of money, and Rayon succumbs to her HIV illness. Dr. Eve Saks, who was close with Rayon, admits that AZT is a drug that has proven to be ineffective, and is now on Rons side as she resigns from her job at the hospital. 

Months and years later, Ron is still living and fighting for more change on drug provision. Ron tries to sue the FDA for the right to take the Peptide T himself as it is proven to be non-toxic. However since the drug is not approved by the FDA, there is nothing that the judge can do. In the film’s final moments it is revealed that the FDA later allowed Ron to consume the drugs for his own personal use. Ron died in 1992 due to complications with HIV/AIDS. 

 

Overall I thought this movie was a very passionate and emotional movie. In the beginning of the movie, Ron was only estimated to live for another 30 days. However he fought passionately for his life and ended up living for seven more years. Throughout the film you can really see how Rons personality and his views on life changed because of his AIDS diagnoses. In the beginning of the film Ron is a homophobic person closed minded person. By the end of the movie Ron is shown having great passion for the homophobic community. It shows through his dedication to the Dallas Buyers Club as well as his growing friendship with Rayon.

It is sad that during Rons lifetime, the FDA did nothing to improve not only Rons situation, but all AIDS patients’ situations. However, it was heartwarming to see how hard Ron tried to change the outlook on drug provision. Also interesting to see the historical views, and events behind the early days of the HIV/AIDS virus. I would say it is a great true story movie, and I definitely recommend it! Thanks for reading The Dallas Buyers Club Review!

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