24th Nov2021

‘Fixed’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Nicholas Clarke, Nisaro Karim, Dean Kilbey, Darren Tassell, Gregory Piper | Written by Ryan Davis | Directed by Jez Alsop

They say that movies are influenced by the events that take place when they were made. Fixed is a movie that isolates a character and shows him how his actions influence those around him in the outside world. Something that we all can relate to based on the last few years.

When Daz Clemance (Nicholas Clarke) apparently fixes an illegal bare-knuckle fight, he is beaten up and stabbed. Locked in a cupboard in the factory where the event took place he finds himself in a race against time to escape not only with his life, but to also prove to people he can be a better person.

I tend to like films that create a claustrophobic feel to them and limits the number of locations that it uses. This creates a closed in feel to the events taking place and adds to the tension that we see on the screen. This is something that Fixed does well.

Daz is a character that isn’t really that likeable. We are given hints to the fact that he wants to change, he wants to prove to people that he’s a better person. The problem is most of what he shows and what the audience sees doesn’t really prove that. He’s not somebody that is easy to like, but he does have the chance to change his life.

Throughout Fixed we are slowly fed the details of the life he has led, and what he has done to get himself in the position that he is in. People around him are hopeful for the change, but it is only Daz who can really show through his own actions that the change can come. This is what makes Fixed interesting. He has to change to survive, but will he?

It’s very telling that most of the characters he reaches out to are looking for the good side of Daz to come out, but whether he can actually show that side is another matter. The audience gets to see the answer to that in the film, though the end does come a little too abrupt for my liking and ends in a cliff-hanger that does leave the audience wondering what became of the characters.

The limited locations and closed off feel of Fixed does it’s job in creating a claustrophobic feel and one of urgency. A good film in this style has to keep up the pace even with the limited movement that it is provided with. Fixed does this by reaching out to people in the outside world and adding to that urgency for not only them but also Daz himself.

What we are given with Fixed is an interesting premise and one that is actually well thought out and acted. We are left not only wondering if Daz will manage to escape, but if this will be the wake up call he needs to be a better person. In the end we are entertained by a well paced film that tells a tale that may actually have more heart than expected.

**** 4/5

Fixed is available now digitally.
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Review originally posted on Pissed Off Geek

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