Fiercely committed, if aesthetically indifferent, Dylan Mohan Gray’s doc details the efforts of activists to make low-cost AIDS medicine available to impoverished countries. Fighting the ruthless price-fixing of pharmaceutical companies that wield the power of their patents, Fire in the Blood’s subjects respond by tapping into popular protest movements and employing strategic defiance of the laws. The film strikes the right balance of outrage, hopefulness and despair, compellingly arguing the case that a profit-driven, racially motivated collusion exists between Big Pharma and the U.S. government. Only Gray’s reliance on bland visuals and recourse to the conventional talking-heads docu-template dull the power of his imperative exposé.
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