It's hard to remember the fear, mistrust, and misinformation that floated around at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in America. Dallas Buyers Club is an entertaining and engrossing look at an unlikely hero from that time.
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a piece of work. Living in Texas in 1985, Ron was an electrician by trade, a hustler by nature, and a trailer park good ol' boy with plenty of homophobia and racism. He loves drinking, cocaine, and unprotected sex -- the last of which led him to a diagnosis of being HIV-positive, and a predicted lifespan of 30 days. But Ron outlived his (literal) deadline, learned about alternative medicines to the AZT being pushed as the only cure for AIDS, and even found a way to make a buck: He'd smuggle AIDS drugs in from Mexico (and soon other countries), charge people membership to be in his club (called the Dallas Buyers Club), and give members the drugs it was illegal to sell.
Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch