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  • Summary: On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was killed on September 19th, 205 million gallons of crude oil and over 1.8 millions gallons of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the spill, filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell uncover a vast network of corruption. The Big Fix is a damning indictment of a system of government led by a powerful oligarchy that puts the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs. (Green Planet Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 14, 2012
    75
    Along the way, a raft of experts are featured -- including Times-Picayune outdoor editor Bob Marshall -- speaking bluntly about the cozy relationship between politicians and the oil industry.
  2. Reviewed by: Mindy Farabee
    Nov 28, 2011
    70
    The Big Fix presents a compelling array of damning testimony from EPA officials, journalists, scientists and politicians as well as emotional scenes of distraught residents.
  3. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Nov 28, 2011
    70
    A gloomy but perhaps realistic depiction of the forces of corruption and deceit that produce environmental catastrophes.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 29, 2011
    60
    The film's scope is staggering, including its detailed outlining of BP's origins and fingerprints across decades of unrest in Iran.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    The film's most upsetting scenes are its interviews with residents whose livelihood has been decimated and whose health has been compromised.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 29, 2011
    60
    It's more a summarizing project than an act of investigative journalism or a revelatory indictment.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 28, 2011
    38
    The Tickells' style is a predictable grab bag of interviews with outraged experts and journalists, TV news footage, and scenes in which the filmmakers (and, during one trip, fellow activists Peter Fonda and Amy Smart) make faux-daring journeys into the fray to bring back supposed realities that corporate America seeks to hide.

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