Fix: The Ministry Movie
Released: April 10th 2012
I’ve been a huge Ministry fan for a long time. I’ve kept up with the band’s musical releases to this day and have always been into much of the side projects Al Jourgensen has worked on. So I was very excited to find out a film was coming out about the band and what it was like backstage.
FIX: The Ministry Movie is NOT a documentary about the band and it isn’t being marketed as such. It’s marketed as a “backstage pass” to see what things were really like with the band (most footage is from 1996 era Ministry). This part is mostly true. However what you get is essentially 93 minutes of Al Jourgensen doing drugs. No really, that’s pretty much all you get.
The entire focus of the film is Al and his addiction. It’s not about the band at all. The film makes a little effort to try and tell a “story”, but really there isn’t much of one there. Al’s drug addiction and antics have reached mythical proportions and the film goes on to show you that it’s all pretty much true. It’s more just sad than entertaining.
Sprinkled throughout the film are the occasional interviews with people who know and/or have worked with Al (I guess that’s why they are in it). Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Maynard (Tool), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), David Yow (The Jesus Lizard) and others. The footage and interviews with Yow and Ogre are really the highlights of the film.
FIX really could (should) be a 10 minute behind the scenes bonus feature on a Ministry Live DVD and that would have been plenty. Watching 93 minutes of Al Jourgensen being high really isn’t that interesting. If you aren’t a fan of Ministry or do not know who they are, then you will especially have no interest in seeing FIX.
If you want to see a great documentary about a heavy metal god, go watch the LEMMY documentary. It IS worth seeing.