Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is an electrician and rodeo cowboy in Texas. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle including drugs, alcohol and sexual encounters with prostitutes. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence. His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner). An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a “buyers club,” where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron’s pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, Ron lives life to the fullest like never before…

Real life “based on a true story” movies means often these days a movie where the actors go so deep into character that one can wonder how they can get out of character. “Dallas Buyers Club” is for sure one of those movies. The result in this case were Oscar wins for Best actor (McConaughey) and Best supporting actor (Leto) and well deserved as well. McConaughey has managed to make a shitpile of movies the past years, but then sparked in movies such as “The Paperboy” and here he shows his full register, as in “True Detective”. His desperate Woodroof is a superb performance no one can take away from him. The same goes for Jared Leto. So the criticism has been that a real transgender person should´ve played Rayon, but I can´t see the point in that when Leto has managed to transform himself in such a believable manner and portrays Rayon with so many emotional layers and keep a good balance to McConaughey´s Woodroof. Yes, I always wonder how much is the truth and how much is Hollywood in these sort of movies. What was the real truth? “Dallas Buyers Club” is nevertheless a moving story about a man who will not yield in front of the fact that he has been handed a death sentence. (4 out of 5)

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