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The Big Fix (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 June 2012 (USA)
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A documentary that examines the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.


Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell (co-director)


Johnny O'Hara



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Credited cast:
Peter Fonda ... Himself
Amy Smart ... Herself
Joshua Tickell ... Narrator
Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Michel Cousteau ... Himself
Kevin Curole Kevin Curole ... Himself
Margaret Curole Margaret Curole ... Herself
Gregory Funk Gregory Funk ... Himself
Jeff Goodell Jeff Goodell ... Himself
Chris Hedges Chris Hedges ... Himself
Bobby Jindal Bobby Jindal ... Himself
David Korten David Korten ... Himself
Jim McDermott Jim McDermott ... Himself
Ed Overton Ed Overton ... Himself - Professor Emeritus Louisiana State University
John Perkins John Perkins ... Himself


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

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Mildly Biased Film That Tells an Important Story
16 September 2013 | by grdred944See all my reviews

When I viewed the synopsis of this film in my Netflix queue I was pleased to see that someone was looking at the events surrounding the man-made and totally preventable Deepwater Horizon oil rig tragedy perpetrated by BP in 2009 in the Gulf of Mexico. My anticipation was short-lived when I saw that the director of the film was Joshua Tickell. I was not a fan of Mr. Tickell's previous energy-centric film, Fuel. But, rather than rehash that mess, I suggest you read my review here on IMDb. If you sort the reviews by 'Hated It' you'll find it.

Overall, I am impressed with Mr. Tickell's effort with The Big Fix. It tells several stories. First and foremost, the lengths corporations will go to in order to maximize profit and minimize exposure when things go terribly wrong. The destruction of the Deepwater Horizon was avoidable yet BP broke numerous safety rules which allowed it to happen and then lied about everything related to the cleanup; that, to this day, is not complete. Tickell does an excellent job in laying out the case against BP and what they did to the entire region.

The film also tells a powerful story that we are hearing all too frequently about the connection between politics and big oil. The influence of lobbyists and the revolving door between high office and lobbying is a story that should be told often.

Mr. Tickell strays in a few areas. Minor but mildly irritating is in his completely unnecessary time-killing narrative on Huey Long. It was pointless and didn't fit in at the beginning of the film. If he wanted to contrast Governor Long to Governor Jindal or any other Louisiana politician he opened that possibility up when he spoke of the true interests and ownership of modern day Louisiana politicians. But rhetoric about how Long was such a great guy wrapped around stories of Louisiana being treated like a colony just didn't fit.

Also, Mr. Trickell seemed pained to lump President Obama in with the collection of corrupt soulless individuals running the country today. He points out, correctly, all of the oil money received by various politicians, how evil the Koch brothers are and all the other Liberal talking points we have grown to expect. But, when it came to Obama he seemed to want to make Obama out to be a sympathetic character. As if Obama is trying to change the world but all these forces have plotted against him. No mention of the money Obama received from big oil and BP in particular. This could be because Mr. Tickell feels compelled to include Hollywood in his films and the brief appearance of Peter Fonda and Amy Smart satisfied that requirement in this film. Hollywood is still unable to speak with one voice against this President and at least from his films, Mr. Trickell is going along with the sentiment of that crowd.

Mr. Tickell is getting better as a story teller. He can be faulted for his political bias but it stayed mostly in check in this film; unlike "Fuel" which was painful to get past. In "The Big Fix," he picked an outstanding subject that more people need to be aware of. He does an excellent job imparting his perspective of the region. I recommend it and even with the few blemishes noted above, it is worth seeing a couple times.

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