Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodruff, who in 1986 is diagnosed with HIV and began using illegal means of treatment to stay alive. Woodruff is in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment. He searches out alternative means of treatment and drugs from other countries outside the FDA and DEA's jurisdiction. He begins trafficking these drugs into the country, finding and meeting so many people that are dying from HIV from the lack of available and approved treatments and medicine. Woodruff begins the "Buyers Club" so fellow HIV-infected people can join to gain access to these supplements and treatments and hopefully avoid government interference.
The film appears to be a standout, award worthy showcase for McConaughey who is due for some awards attention. McConaughey lost 38 pounds to play the part and Oscar loves body transformations. The acting will be solid. The man is on a role and with his supporting turn in Scorsese's upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street, it appears he is well on his way to plenty of admiration. The big question is whether the film will be good or if the performances will out shine the narrative and direction. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and costars Jared Leto, another possible awards worthy performance, Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn and Denis O'Hare. The film will be having its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and in select theatres beginning November 1. Here is the trailer. Enjoy.
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