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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
different style of filming/way of telling the story, but just okPublished 19 months ago by Jeremy Yancey
This film is amazing to watch, and it is absolutely beautiful. Director Tao Ruspoli turned the characters' wild, twisting roadtrip in search of redemption into a stunning view of... Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Brittany Wilson
Fresh and exuberant. This is cutting-edge style and talent. The cool and collective energy of the folks behind the movie spools out onto every frame of FIX and supersedes... Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Sean Nalaboff
Not your typical movie, but still great none the less. It is definately worth it to watch it. It is a great and inspiring story, that allows you to feel like you are actually in... Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by B. Charles
I love documentaries, and this film was shot in that style. I thought it was very well done. Good story, interesting characters, well acted. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Mike