Monday, December 23, 2013

The Big Fix (2012)

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Writer: Johnny O'Hara

Starring: Jashua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Peter Fonda, Amy Smart, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Kevin Curole, Margaret Curole, Jeff Goodell, Chris Hedges, David Korten, Nomi Prins, Bernie Sanders

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The truth is deep beneath the surface

Plot: A documentary that examines the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Living along the Gulf Coast in an area affected by the 2010 BP oil spill puts me in a position to give more shits about this film than probably most viewers.  I also have relatives that live on the GC in AL.  An uncle retired from shrimping in that area a few years ago but he still goes out from time to time for old times sake to bring home the most delicious seafood you've likely ever tasted.  So this whole thing was a big deal because we at least knew people whose lives were directly affected and who lost a majority of their income.  To say the whole thing sucked is an understatement.  This film presents a lot of information you may not have know and it does it in a non-threatening manner.  Some of the stories from the interviewed victims are heartbreaking.  And then there's the other side, the corporate side, that will probably piss you off.  The film goes into what BP did (and didn't do) as well as the role the government played in the aftermath, which politicians benefited from BP, etc. If what is presented as fact is true then it's pretty fucked up.  The only thing that bugged me was having Peter Fonda and Amy Smart (less her than Fonda) listening to people and giving their opinions.  But then if having a famous face helps get the word out or if they're instrumental in helping getting something done then I supposed that's a good thing.  But sometimes it just seems cheesy.  See for yourself.  You can watch the entire film below.

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