Website: Official Fix site
Starring: Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Tao Ruspoli, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Jakob Von Eichel, Dedee Pfeiffer
My Review: I still find it amazing what some filmmakers can accomplish with a few dollars and a camera, while others have millions and a full crew and can barely scrape together a cohesive story.
In Fix, director/co-star/cameraman/co-writer Tao Ruspoli truly pours his heart and soul onto the screen, giving new definition to the phrase “labor of love.” Based on a real experience with his brother, Ruspoli tells the story of
Since Milo and Bella are documentary filmmakers, Fix is shot documentary-style with a handheld camera, primarily from
The most impressive element of Fix is how likeable Leo is (played by Shawn Andrews). The guy has basically nothing going for him—he’s been arrested twice, has a drug problem, has no money or home, doesn’t hesitate to steal whatever he feels is owed him, and is heading to rehab as a last ditch effort to get his life together—yet you can’t help but find him charismatic and charming. As they make their stops along the rehab route, you see how beloved Leo is in his circle of friends. Sure, said friends may be undesirable company to most, but in the world that Leo has created for himself, he’s a superstar.
A lot of the time,
While as a whole Fix is a compelling story of attempted redemption—both Leo’s and
Though dark and gritty in its overall tone, Fix also manages to be darkly funny at times, especially with its casual acceptance of the criminal activities that take place all in the name of getting Leo rehabilitated. Then it turns around and is frustratingly heartbreaking as you see the sort of life Leo leads and how comfortable he seems in that life, and you wonder how serious he is about getting himself back on track.
Bottom Line: Ruspoli has been a documentarian up until this point, and Fix is an incredibly well-done first feature film (the fact that it’s shot documentary-style helped, no doubt). The story he’s telling is deeply personal to him, and a shoestring budget and lack of major studio backing wasn’t going to stop him from telling it. Fix is the very personal journey of a truly formed character, and will hopefully pave the way for Ruspoli to bring more of himself to the screen.