Written November 01, 2013
Wow, the guy sacrificed so much to do the role. He starved himself to near death I bet. What sacrifice, just to portrait an AIDS role. Just for this the may deserves an Oscar in my book. I personally am not crazy seeing movies of AIDS patients, simply because I want entertainment. It's depressing to see these poor souls. But.... the substance of the movie is there, as it tells so well the agony of being stricken by such illness. It's unfortunate that some people should so suffer. The movie really impressed me. A bit saddened leaving the theater, but was happy to see him playing the role in such fine form. 1.8 thumbs up!
Written May 01, 2016
Both McConaughey and Leto did an amazing job. The film is pretty intense, with the gritty depiction of HIV-Aids, enslaved patients and the grim self-serving medical establishment. Scary. But McConaughey's triumphant fighting spirit and street smarts were ultimately inspiring. He found a way where there was none. Loved that he lived to ride a bull after 6 years and prevail, at least for himself, in court. The blessing of human strength comes in surprising packages.
Written May 06, 2016
Cat lights up every scene and Jared Letto more than holds his own. The message about the beaurocracy and power wielding between the Pharmaceutical companies the the FDA creates a very worthy villain.
Written May 04, 2016
The movie tells an emotional story how an individual has to work around government regulations which, though well intentioned, seem to be more a barrier than a benefit for those affected. The acting was superb!
Written June 26, 2016
I would be surprised if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto don't get nominated for an Oscar. They both gave terrific performances in this movie.
The story itself is compelling as it is about a man diagnosed with HIV who fights the FDA so that he can choose how to treat himself. As he decides to smuggle FDA-unapproved (not illegal) medication from Mexico, he is helped by a young HIV+ transsexual man who sells the medication in the gay community.
The initial disgust and homophobia that McConaughey's character feels towards Leto's quickly turns into friendship.
A nod to Jennifer Garner who gives a great performance as a doctor whose struggle lies between doing what's right and following the FDA's protocol.