Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is an electrician by trade and rodeo star on the side. He is a drunk, drug abuser, and loves to have unprotected sex with women. He is getting sick and eventually has to go to the hospital. Blood work is done and explanations of the findings are given. Ron has AIDS. He has 30 days to live and is told to get his life in order.
So what does any red blooded Texan do, he goes and gets two hookers and some coke and booze and has a party. He let's it slip to a friend that he has the disease and is immediately given the cold shoulder. No one wants anything to do with him.
While in the hospital he meets up with a trans-sexual that goes by the name Rayon (Jared Leto). Ron has a phobia about gays. Well he just doesn't like them. Rayon though he becomes friends with. He also starts to have a friendship with a Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner). Though she can't do much for him other than ease his pain, she tries to help anyway.
You see Ron gets on the computer and starts to look up the disease and finds out all kinds of studies and treatments are being done in other countries. The United States is dragging it's feet. Ron decides to do something about it. He opens a club of sorts and starts to dispense some of the drugs like AZT which is showing some positives results.
Ron starts to make trips to Mexico where he is picking up the drugs and bringing them back across the border. He acts as if he is a doctor and sometimes a priest to get the drugs back to the U.S. He starts to run into trouble with an FDA agent by the name of Richard Barkley (Michael O'Neill) who wants all this stopped.
Is the American government giving into the drug companies who are working their own agendas, I don't know. This film does give and insider track into the disease and the fact that there is no cure and there are people who are dying and don't give a dam about regulations.
Director Jean-Marc Vallee has given us an insight into the plaque of the 20th and 21st centuries. Oh we have slowed it down a bit but it is still killing people every day. This is a film that is not going to sway you one way or the other about the disease, but it will definitely make you think about how we do business in this country and how change needs to occur.