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The Big Fix 2012

NR
4.6 out of 5 stars (42) IMDb 7.8/10

This is a full-on, no-holds-barred investigation into BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The filmmakers risk their lives as they go undercover to find the truth in this provocative film.

Starring:
Peter Fonda, Amy Smart
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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This documentary exposes the corruption that allowed BP to get away with the worst oil disaster in the history of the US. It investigates the use of extremely toxic dispersants to effectively hide the oil. It exposes the betrayal of specialists, scientists and technocrats who have sought to cover up the multi-generation damage this event has caused to the ecology of the 9th largest body of water on Earth. It exposes the fact that our governments, both state and federal, are totally corrupted by a trans-national corporate oligarchy. This documentary pulls no punches with interviews from Gulf residents, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Greg Palast, Rikki Ott, David C. Korten and many others. Somehow this doc tells the story of the history of BP starting in Iran, the story of oil in Louisiana and the career of Gov. Huey Long, investigative reporting in the gulf and interviews from the gulf to Washington DC in an attempt to understand how this disaster could be allowed to happen. At the screening I was in, one of the audience members actually had a panic attack. To quote journalist Chris Hedges, "If you continue to believe in the fiction of the democratic system, then you're wasting your time."
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This film uncovers a shocking truth that most of the world and I were previously completely oblivious to, the fact that the higher-ups at BP and influential people of our government and academia (who accepted money from BP) handled this incident in a way that cost them the least money and appeared to visibly clean up the most, but was in reality the worst decision possible, worse than doing nothing. BP willingly put many humans in harms way as well as compromised entire ecosystems by using a chemical dispersant to hide as much oil as possible from sight without actually solving the problem at all. BP and those from government and academia in their wallet are clearly about as corrupt as you could imagine. This documentary also enables the viewer to realize a much more profound reality about how the world works which transcends the BP accident.
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Once again we see strong, compelling evidence that we do not live in a democracy. An oligarchy? A plutocracy? Now that's more like it.

Here's the scoop. Josh Tickell is a Louisiana native turned film maker. When the Deepwater Horizon explosion occurred in the Gulf of Mexico he took his wife, hired a camera crew and headed down to see what was happening. What he found was corruption, lies, media coverup and any number of politicians willing to sell us and our environment down the river. This will scare the pants off you.

I almost couldn't finish this because the more I watched, the angrier I got. This is unconscionable. They start with B.P.'s history in the middle east and how they recruited the U.S. to help destabilize Iran which eventually lead to many of the problems we experience there today. Then it delves into their track record for being the most unsafe of all the big oil companies. Then, of course, to the incident itself. The thwarting of safety inspectors, and loosening of safety regulations to drill, drill, drill. Then came their inability to cap the well. (It's still leaking to this day). And the entirely unsafe methods used to make the oil look as though it is no longer there. This involved (involves. They're still using it) the use of a chemical to break up the oil. It's harmful to everyone. Even Tickell's wife suffered illness due to it. Then it shows Louisiana, not as a state, but an oil colony. B.P. buys the elections and sends swarms of lobbyists to both the state capitol as well as Washington D.C. where they do everything possible to quash any environmentally sound energy bill. They even show President Obama caving to the pressure. This will all explode and we may never recover. I have huge reservations about the Gulf itself.
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Good documentary that discusses how business as usual has been conducted in a socio political fashion with the focus on the Oil industry, personal health and the environment.

The Oil industry is not the only industry that is corrupt. But it is something that needs to be discussed and addressed. A more in depth discussion of this issue can be found in the book, Crude World, The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maas.

It pains me to think about these problems but it is just one of many industries that we love to hate. We depend upon oil. I liken the Oil to the cup that the world drinks in revelation. The cup that destroys the world. There are other sources of fuel and ways to use energy yet we continue to have oil a limited resource as the main fuel for our vehicles. Think about renewable and non renewable sources of energy. We are running out of oil and continue to treat it like it is okay to use cheap methods of obtaining it and put people in charge of this resource that fail to ensure its safe handling. Time and again money and politics are put ahead of safety. Cover ups and kickbacks continue. Corruption is the very cog in the wheel of nations and has been the downfall of nations. This movie address the corruption very lightly for example the King Huey Long they do not say how he was assassinated for holding big oil accountable in the past. This kind of thing has been with humanity for centuries it is nothing new it is just a different commodity and the same exploitation of resources and humanity and for what? Money? This movie just affirms what I know about not just the Oil industry but others such as Big Pharma. When will people have the paradigm shift to realize what really matters? Life is not about who gets or has the most. It is not about saying I am better than you or about competition. It is about evolving in a manner that is ethical and humane.
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