Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – Brings a Different Meaning to the words “FDA- Approved”
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This is the story of Ron Woodroof who was diagnosed with AIDS, and told he had only a very short amount of time to live. After he refuses to believe that he was infected with a disease that in his understanding only homosexuals can get, he starts taking and smuggling natural herbs and meds from Mexico across the boarder, which actually help to maintain his health. He opens a business called The Dallas Buyers Club and gets a major response, but he also competes with pharmaceutical companies, who don’t see him as the savior for HIV/AIDS patients but as a threat for their business.
Dallas Buyers Club is an important piece of history. It shows the inconstancy of the FDA when it comes to approving pharmaceutical products, at least back then. And the fact that so many dietary supplements have been taken off the market lately is the living prove for that. There is always money and power involved, and people in higher position want to have control over things. The movie also gives a deep insight on how horrifying the 80’s were for HIV/AIDS infected people because the virus killed so many and no one really knew how to treat it. Even though this movie is only “inspired” by true events which tells me it is not necessarily 100% based on facts, I believed every minute of it.
I was deeply impressed by the performance of Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. They are both brilliant actors and made me feel like I am watching a real-life documentary. And Jennifer Garner played the doctor who was torn between choosing her career or helping people down to perfection, as usual.
Jared Leto is one of those exceptional actors who disappears for a while, and then comes back with a groundbreaking role. My favorite movies of him are Urban Legends (not groundbreaking but very entertaining), Requiem For A Dream (the most shocking movie I have seen until this day) and, now, Dallas Buyers Club.
And Matthew McConaughey just never disappoints. So buy picking these three actors to portray such a sensitive topic made me already see a winner. Director Jean-Marc Vallée is brilliant, and even though I have never heard of him, I want to check out his previous movies now.
This movie will stick with you and makes you probably look definitely at certain things in life. But that’s what good dramas do: make us appreciate life more.