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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Jul 25, 2008
Grade:
D+
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) have teamed up one last time to solve a mysterious case with the FBI. When an agent goes missing and the only leads the FBI have are from a self pronounced psychic, things start becoming a little beyond belief.

Having left the FBI long ago, Scully is now a doctor working closely with a patient who is nearing death of an incurable disease. Mulder is cooped up inside his house, doing nothing in particular except growing his beard out. This all changes when the FBI knocks on their door asking for their help. In order to solve the disappearance of an FBI agent, both Mulder and Scully must look past what they know and remember what they have forgotten.

X-Files: I Want to Believe is what fans of the series have been waiting for. Unfortunately, it comes off as some half-assed attempt at making a film which doesn’t satisfy much of the paranormal aspect of the show. It’s more of a detective/murder mystery than anything. Sure, there are small references here and there and even some guest starts but I can’t help but see the fans being let down by this one. The story is molded more towards primetime TV than a featured film. Covering way too much in not enough time, it doesn’t solve much; bringing up more questions than answers. In addition, the overuse of the word “believe” and its many forms makes you want to cringe at the sound of it. We get it; it’s in the title. We don’t need to be reminded every ten minutes.

As far as the acting goes, I’m happy they used the original actors for Mulder and Scully after all this time but I wasn’t impressed. Rather than work as the team we grew to love during the show, they are more of a bickering couple who can’t seem to get along. Then you have Agent Mosley who is played by rapper Xzibit. I guess he could be considered the comic relief but frankly, his role is a joke. He’s like the little kid who complains everywhere he goes but you have to bring him along anyway. If anyone did a decent job, it was Billy Connoly as the psychic, Father Joseph Crissman. His eerie yet convincing demeanor was about the only thing keeping my interest in the film.

The X-Files series has come a long way, featuring 9 seasons and a film, but it is time to lay this one to rest. It’s fairly obvious that it has lost that special something it had with the show and this film proves it. With a shallow plot and even worse characters, X-Files: I Want to Believe will bore the general audience and disappoint its fans. Sorry, but this one was not meant for the big screen.

Matt Rodriguez
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