Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Mathew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Matthew McConaughey literally mesmerizes the screen in Dallas Buyers Club based on events of the true story about Ron Woodroof, as a physically gaunt Texas rodeo riding hustler and part time electrician whose life was turned upside down when diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. It was the early days of the AID's epidemic in the United States, and the country was not sure how to treat the virus though the FDA had established clinical trials using heavy doses of AZT, which had severe side effects. With only 30 days to live, this homophobic Texan is in complete and utter shock from the diagnosis, shunned by his rabble rousing coke head buddies and unable to obtain the necessary clinical trial drugs to live. Not one to sit still, Woodroof takes matters in his own hands and pursues alternative and unapproved medicines from Mexico.
McConaughey, Woodroof, figures out how to build a business to provide the illegal yet helpful drugs, from Mexico to the HIV positive patients in the states. The HIV patients had no other alternative since the clinical trials were selective with a long waiting list. Enters Jared Leto, Rayon, a drug addled transsexual who meets Woodroof in the hospital. They become business partners and friends though Rayon does not have the willpower and inner strength to persevere and is the opposite of the possessed Woodroof. Woodroof's, entrepreneurial spirit takes him from a fly by night low life to a man wearing a suit, running a business, prolonging lives and taking on the US government and the FDA. The rebel becomes a thorn in the drug administration as well as at the local hospital. Jennifer Garner, Eve, a doctor, initially meets with Woodroof, explaining that he could not access to the trials, and slowly through a series of events understands that the Woodroof might have an insight into the drug AZT.
The film is a story about how one man interprets a terminal life diagnosis and instead of waiting for something to happen, he throws a rope around the bull and takes on the system. And, in doing so, Woodroof's judgments about homophobia dissipates and compassion replaces his thought process for those around him. Dallas Buyers Club is a moving, gripping real life tale about changing the system and becoming a hero. McConaughey's performance is staggering and Leto is also incredible as Rayon. Bottom line, the film is one of the best of 2013. McConaughey is set to take home the gold as Best Actor in Dramatic Film at the Oscars and Leto for Best Supporting Actor. The film is that profound and memorable. One lingering question hangs in the air after seeing the film - when trials, tribulations or afflictions hits - does one wait for others to solve or does one fight for self and for their fellow man? Dallas Buyers Club is a film about perseverance and the will to live at all costs. McConaughey gives the performance of his career.
"One life, want it too mean something."