The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

Mulder and Scully are back!

Feels like a long normal episode

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Studio: Ten Thirteen Productions

Genre(s): Action/Adventure/Mystery/Suspense/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Release Date(s): July 24, 2008

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Scully, I think this this might be alien snow.

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back! When an FBI agent goes missing, a psychic pedophile ex-priest claims to have visions of her kidnapping. Fox Mulder is brought back to help in the investigation in order to clear his name. As Agent Whitney (Amanda Peet) and Mulder try to determine if Father Joseph (Billy Connelly) is truly having visions, Scully faces a crisis of conscience involving a dying patient. Will Father Joseph’s visions help save the girl and will Scully be able to stop Mulder from being taken by the X-Files again?

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The movie isn’t that bad…You don’t have to gouge your eyes out!

Directed by The X-Files creator Chris Carter, X-Files: I Want to Believe was intended to be a film soon after the series ended. The movie was suppose to be about an alien invasion, but since too long had passed since the series finished, a stand-alone movie was decided upon instead. The X-Files: I Want to Believe was met with mostly negative reviews (somewhat unjustly).

The movie does make a lot of mistakes. After so long, the viewers want more than an extra long episode of The X-Files. That is what this film feels like. Mulder and Scully are together (shock!), but they are a bit rocky getting back into the X-Files groove. The budget like a lot of series seems pretty low with little special effects…the previous movie The X-Files: Fight the Future at least felt like a grand scale film with lots of things going on and lots of answers.

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We finally get it on!

This doesn’t mean that The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a complete failure. It actually does cover a lot of themes of the series that were always interesting. The biggest theme obviously is belief. Mulder wants to believe in the unknown and Scully wants to believe in a supreme being. Those two beliefs collide in this film with Scully questioning if someone who has committed one of the ultimate sins can be redeemed. The Scully-faith episodes of The X-Files always were pretty interesting in that they reversed the common theme of The X-Files by having her in doubt…that still is true here. In the story, a nice conclusion with little answers is the right move.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe was a disappoint in the big picture sense, but on the level of an X-Files episode, it is pretty good (a Frankenstein doctor is a bit different). The movie drones a bit, lacking some direction, but I often felt the series had moments like that. It is good to see Mulder and Scully back in action and I hope the tepid response to this film doesn’t hinder it ever happening again.  The X-Files does continue in the IDW comic book series The X-Files—Season 10 which follows more of the themes of the original series.

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Related Links:

The X-Files—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 4 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 5 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 6 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files:  Fight the Future (1998)

The X-Files—Season 8 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The X-Files—Season 10 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The Lone Gunmen—The Complete Series Review and Complete Episode Guide

Millennium—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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