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Fix (2008)

Olivia Wilde , Shawn Andrews , Tao Ruspoli  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Olivia Wilde, Shawn Andrews, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Dedee Pfeiffer
  • Directors: Tao Ruspoli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030GBT2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fix" on IMDb

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To keep Leo out of prison, Bella and Milo must race against time to raise $5,000 to pay for his rehab. Events take a dangerous and deadly turn when they decide a drug deal is their only chance. Starring Olivia Wilde.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars oddly compelling, worth a look February 10, 2010
Format:DVD
Saw this film at a screening, and it really is a ground's eye view of a Los Angeles we don't usually see, with some excellent performances. Annoying at times, but only because it's a window into a loved one's addiction and the behavior that goes with it. Shot docu-style, but with no irritating giggly camera. Cast is fabulous. There is some wonderful subtle(and one not so subtle) character driven humor, and a cast of supporting characters that add to the feeling that you're wandering through the environs of L.A.. Editing unique, music worth owning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually-compelling ode to Los Angeles May 3, 2010
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Spike Lee has used his career to draft love letters to the different aspects of New York City, and Michael Mann has left us two gritty pictures of the non-glitzy Los Angeles in his crime sagas 'Heat' and 'Collateral'. The directors, and their cinematographers, show the filmgoing public the cities they love from a different angle, turning the sprawling metropolises into living, breathing characters with plenty of problems of their own. In Tao Ruspoli's 'Fix', the director casts LA as a redemption-seeking addict, searching for its next score -- be it getting clean, enough money to break even, or a drug fix.

I won't waste your time breaking down the plot, because watching it unravel, and seeing how the characters evolve and build off of one another, is very much a part of the film's magic. Shawn Andrews is captivating as Leo, a charismatic addict, that commands the attention from all those on screen. Even if the film wasn't shot in a mockumentary fashion, which forces the attention of the camera on Andrews, all eyes would be on his performance. He captures the nuances of drug addiction with eerie perfection, from the manic highs to the horrific, depressing lows. Olivia Wilde, who is arguably the most famous name in the cast, plays the role of the reluctant Bella, girlfriend/partner to Leo's brother Milo (Ruspoli, in a non-vanity role as videographer). She is allowed to engage in some wonderful banter with Andrews, able to deliver sarcasm with subtle bite, although you can see her character is somewhat enthralled by the morally-disturbed world she's found herself thrust into.

Ah, yes, the morally-disturbed world. Los Angeles is shown in all its aspects, from the gorgeous mansions of the hills to drug dens in the barrios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly surprisingly beautiful February 17, 2010
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That movie is one of the best i have ever seen.
it's funny and sad.
It's unusual and rare.
The shots are BEAUTIFUL.
The theme is really great. An emotional narrative story shot on a documentary way. (don't know if my sentence is correct, i don't speak english really well)
A road trip i now dream to take with the brilliant crew and cast that made this rough diamond.
I just can say that i LOVE it.
can't wait to receive the DVD and watch it over and over again.
Just watch it, buy it. Laugh and Dream.
Thank you for this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 27, 2010
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Very enjoyable indie shot guerilla style through the kaleidoscopic backdrop of Los Angeles; from the hills to Venice to Watts, with this style of filmmaking you feel as though you are part of the very compelling odyssey. The main characters are infectiously likable, and the many other characters experienced along the way are all fantastically memorable while being very real. I loved it, and felt inspired as a filmmaker.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INDIE FILM January 12, 2010
Format:DVD
Fix takes you over all the different sides of LA. From Venice all the way to east LA and to mansions in Beverly Hills all in one eventful day. The storyline, consisting of getting an addict into rehab, is superb because everyone can relate to it in a way. Tao does an excellent job filming from his camera. He displays an aptitude for the play of light and shade that transforms familiar setups into something fresh and original. This movie is definitely a MUST SEE
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars original and derivative in roughly equal measure December 1, 2010
Format:DVD
***1/2

In the low-budget drama "Fix," Milo - played by Tao Ruspoli, who also directed and co-wrote the film with Jeremy C. Fels - and his girlfriend Bella (Olivia Wilde) are a couple of San Francisco-based filmmakers who are working on a documentary about the prison system in California. But before they can get to the task at hand, they have to drive to LA and get Milo's ne'er-do-well, drug-addict brother, Leo (Shawn Andrews), out of jail and into rehab by 8 in the evening or he'll be sentenced to three years in prison for violating his parole. They also have to find a way, by fair means or foul - mostly foul - of raising the $5,000 they'll need to enroll him in the program. Thus, the three of them race around the greater Los Angeles area, with the hopped-up, smooth-talking Leo finagling money out of some pretty shady and disreputable characters, though spending almost as much cash as he's taking in while doing so.

In a sense, Milo and Bella wind up making a documentary anyway - only on a subject different from the one they'd originally intended, one that arises from life as they're living it. We rarely get to see Milo's face on camera, since he spends most of the time filming the action (a la "The Blair Witch Project"). At this point, one either goes with this aggressive, you-are-there, pseudo-documentary style of fictional filmmaking or one doesn't. And, predictably perhaps, the approach, as employed in "Fix," is both dramatically effective and annoyingly distracting in roughly equal measure. The best part about the movie is its off-the-cuff glimpses into various milieus and locales in the LA area. The plot, which takes place over a 12-hour period, does have a spontaneous feel to it at times, though it also tends towards the redundant and attenuated.
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