Fire In The Blood review

Fire In The Blood is a documentary focusing on the battle between the ridiculously powerful pharmaceutical companies and charities, activists and third-world countries to gain access to drugs which can help saves the lives of millions of the worlds poorest people who are afflicted by AIDS and HIV. The drugs companies refusal to lower the price from $15,000 dollars per person per year is the focus of much of the film and the majority of the discussion.

Some of the revelations of the lengths the drugs companies seemed to be going to in order to maximise their profits at the costs of human lives are truly staggering, while the US government seemed only too happy to hide behind trade and patent laws. It is some powerful filmmaking that educates and devastates you. The interviewees are all interesting and well informed and the filmmakers have done a good job of getting some of the major players in the fight against AIDS to take part.

Where the film falls a little short is in providing a balanced view of the whole situation, while I am sure that the pharmaceutical companies are in fact all evil and only interested in their profits, failing to provide a more balanced view leads to this feeling like it is story being told by someone with an agenda against them. The only representative from the major drug companies comes across like a complete loon, informing us that these companies really are only interested in money, perhaps some more representatives from his side could have enforced this point. As it is, it seems like everyone in the film versus this one guy.

That is a minor quibble about documentary filmmaking though, the main thing to focus on here is the content which is hugely important and if all this film does is succeed in showing people how the poorest people in the world are, in effect, being left to die due to some wholly unnecessary and downright unfair laws, then it will have been an absolute triumph.

Fire In The Blood at IMDb

Mark Brennan

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