The Fix sets the stage with a disclaimer, and manages to live up to everything it warns you about:
“ADVICE FROM THE BRITISH UNDERGROUND FEATURE INITIATIVE
The following feature film presentation contains extended periods of bright flashing images. Scenes include severed limbs, exposed organs, blood splatter, electrocution, the ingestion of mind bending chemicals, women driving fast cars and loose talk. Nosebleeds and kung fu have also been included for your entertainment. If you are a minor, are of a nervous disposition, or just plain queasy, please look away now and seek guidance from a professional.”
From the disclaimer’s fade out on, we’re presented with a rapid-fire of history until the end of its recording, late in 2095. As in the best conspiracy theories, the world is now under the thrall of corporations, who control the masses via various forms of suggestion. Additionally, there is a small rebel group, fighting to remain off-grid and disrupt the Singularity-friendly, immortal billionaires who run it all.
Rick Regan (Julian Lee) is one of those rebels, a Global Intelligence Commando who has set his sights (well, sight… he has an eye removed early on in the film) on ending the life of Network News Network informant Maria Capek (Victoria Broom). But to what end? To disrupt the status quo? To get jacked back in? What the fuck is really going on here?
And therein is the rub of The Fix, and so many other sci-fi tales of a dark future: we, as an audience, have to keep track of so much complicated back story, it’s hard to keep track of what is exactly going on. Couple that with conspiracy musings, techno-philosophy babble, the aforementioned flashing lights, pop culture referential dialogue from the likes of Star Wars and Starship Troopers, a kick-ass score and soundtrack and some light torture, and you’ve got a lot to digest.
And it’s not easy; I honestly can’t tell you that I know what was going on much at all. I think this is the type of film that finds a cult audience that runs itself crazy in circles with discussions about what means what. I’m not one for those discussions, because I’ve got little to offer than “hehehe, that was from Star Wars… drool,” but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the value this could have to the right group of people.
So where does that leave us, friends? Simply, if you read the disclaimer above and thought, “This sounds like a lot of fun,” then check it out. If you read it and thought, “What a piece of shit! I hate movies like that,” then, well, move along because it delivers on exactly what it says it’s going to deliver. The cutting is fast, the expressed ideas deep-to-what-the-fuck-tastic and the audio is tight. Overall, it was beyond my comprehension, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
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