The Big Fix looks at the Lingering Effects From the BP Oil Spill, opening today in Manhattan
Originally published by The New York Times.
“The Big Fix” is an enraged exposé of the crimes of Big Oil, specifically BP, which has been accused of negligence and of taking shortcuts that helped lead to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the Louisiana coast in April 2010. Eleven workers on the platform died and nearly five million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over the next five months, killing vast numbers of marine animals before much of it washed ashore, where it wrought incalculable damage.More About This Movie
The most serious of the film’s assertions is that BP used tremendous amounts of Corexit, an oil dispersant whose toxic effects on the environment and on human health are as bad, or worse, than exposure to oil. Even after BP agreed to stop using Corexit, the movie insists, it has secretly continued to do so. It presents ample, devastating evidence to suggest that the air, as well as the water in Louisiana, has been contaminated.
Directed by Josh Tickell and his wife, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, “The Big Fix” begins with a concise history of BP, then narrows its focus to Louisiana, which it describes as a corrupted United States “oil colony.” The Tickells travel there with the actor Peter Fonda, but his celebrity presence doesn’t get them very far, and he all but disappears from the movie.
Once on the Gulf Coast, the Tickells snoop around areas that have been declared off limits. They find what they say is evidence of an extensive cover-up to which they suggest the federal government is privy. They discover oil that washed ashore but that has been plowed under the sand to present an illusion of pristine beaches. The scenes of their nighttime sleuthing recall similar moments in the movie “Silkwood.”
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THE BIG FIX
Opens on Friday in Manhattan.
Directed by Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell; written by Johnny O’Hara; director of photography, Marc Levy; edited by Sean P. Keenan and Tina Imahara; music by Ryan Demaree; produced by Ms. Harrell Tickell; released by Green Planet Productions. At the Village VII, 66 Third Avenue, at 11th Street, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 29 minutes. This film is not rated.