In Fix, documentary filmmakers Bella (Olivia Wilde) and Milo (Tao Ruspoli) set out to retrieve Milo's brother Leo (Shawn Andrews) from jail and deliver him to rehab by 8pm - otherwise Leo will go to jail. Allegedly inspired by a true story, Fix is an adventure from the mansions of Beverly Hills to the slums of LA - an adventure that is not worth the journey.
Directed by Ruspoli, Fix looks good and has an interesting concept, but in the end it's just a story about a bunch of mismatched characters and a bunch of location shoots in one of the ugliest cities on the planet. This kind of thing has been done before to greater effect; Fix just doesn't have the elements to pull the story off.
For a movie like this, the characters have to be well developed and engaging, and neither can be said about the characters here. Milo is behind the camera much of the time and is so underdeveloped that I forgot he was there most of the time. Bella is the most likeable of the three, but there isn't much to her. And while Leo is the most interesting (he is, after all, the tripped out addict who steals things), he is so utterly obnoxious, there's no reason to root for him.
And that's the problem. We go from one situation to the next, all with the purpose of getting Leo to the rehab center with the $5,000 needed to apply. But Leo isn't worth saving, and the trip along the way isn't worth watching. The characters they run into aren't colorful or interesting enough to overcome this shortcoming.
That being said, the performances are fine, the direction is good and the acting is adequate; the synergy just isn't there.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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