The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

The TV show goes to the big screen with style

Probably confusing to non-X-Files watchers

Movie Info

Movie Name: X-Files:  Fight the Future

Studio:  20th Century Fox

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

Release Date(s): June 19, 1988

MPAA Rating: PG-13


It’s ok Skully…It’s not called X-Files: Children of the Corn

Mulder (David Duchovany) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) face being separated after the closing of the X-Files, but an accidental discovery in Texas brings them closer to the answers that they’ve sought then they have ever been before!

Directed by Rob Bowman, The X-Files:  Fight the Future was released to positive reviews.  The film was a rare occurrence with it being released during the run of The X-Files.  It occurred during the middle of a run on a popular show (between season 5 and season 6), and was a commercial success.

The X-Files movie is not only strange occurrence in the film world, but it is also is pretty good. I watched The X-Files and loved The X-Files but was a casual watcher. I still felt I understood what was going on in this movie, but I don’t know if someone with no background in The X-Files would like this film.


So Scully…do you think we could maybe…you know

It does have a big budget feel that the series didn’t normally have, but it also feels like it fits in the canon of the series. The movie did give away some big answers to questions in the series (like what was Mulder’s father’s involvement in the abduction of Mulder’s sister and why) and it also raised new questions about the large scale implications of what Mulder and Skully are trying to uncover.

The movie kind of has the pacing of the television show but some great parts (like the bee scene) help speed it up a bit. It is also nice to see an actual alien creature (something the show shied away from partially because of budget but also because Chris Carter was a big fan of Kolchak the Night Stalker which used similar techniques).


Wait…how long before we make a sequel?

One thing, however, that always bothered me about the show (and the movie) is if this organization is so powerful (controlling multiple governments etc.) why can’t it silence (or just out and out kill) two federal agents that work for them. It is obvious through the series that both Mulder and Skully are outsiders and are kind of loners. Mulder could be easily killed and hardly anyone would notice…but a group this powerful can’t just off them both and make up something to say why they died? They can blow up a hospital to hide evidence of alien contamination, but they can’t kill a man and a woman who always seem to make themselves human targets (and for that matter why is Scully always unconscious, delusional, or too weak to see every alien…come on Man!)

The X-Files:  Fight the Future is a fun movie however and reasonably accessible for those not versed in the world of The X-Files.  The movie is better if you watched the series however and some of the plotlines seem a bit heavy if you did miss some of the mythology set up before this film.  The X-Files:  Fight the Future was followed by The X-Files—Season 6.

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—Season 8 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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

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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