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X Files: I Want to Believe – Rating: C

Submitted by on May 19, 2009 – 9:35 AMNo Comment
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The second X Files movie released in 2008 and on DVD in December was a disappointment. Fans like me waited for something special when the new film was announced. The series ran from 1993 and ended in 2002, having produced one major film, X Files, in 1998. The sexual and emotion tension between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully drove the series and that first movie. With the series wrap up, some of that tension was resolved and it was assumed that the agents rode of into the proverbial sunset as lovers, having shared making a child together (which, by the way, was never really clarified whether it was through the old fashioned way or through Mulder’s donated sperm since Scully was supposed to have had her eggs harvested by government scientists).

By the time fans reconnect with Mulder and Scully in X Files: I Want to Believe, it is six years after the series bowed out and we wanted to know what had happened to these two. They are no longer with the Bureau and not exactly together. Scully is a physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and becoming attached to a young boy who has a terminal brain disease. Mulder is hiding out near by, wallowing in the past. They are brought together by the FBI who are trying to find a missing agent and the only lead is a pedophile priest (played by Billy Connolly) who claims to be having psychic visions about the agent.

Once again, the script pits Mulder’s belief against Scully’s doubting, which is really thin considering what they both have gone through in the past. Mulder has some of his own skepticism about the assignment, thinking that it is a ploy by the Department to capture him for past indiscretions. The squabble between Mulder and Scully causes Scully to question the value of their relationship, now or ever. It’s the same “I can’t take this craziness anymore” that marked the early years of X Files.

Though David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson easily slip back into their FBI characters, the whole story did not deserve to be a major motion picture. This was just another X Files episode that really didn’t have a lot of message, unique sci-fi or paranormal interest, or real catchy mystery. There also wasn’t enough between Mulder and Scully to warrant two hours of reunion with them. The fault lies not in the acting or the director (Chris Carter) or even really the script (written by Carter and Frank Spotnitz who both developed the series). It really rests Carter who chose to producer this script for a major film.

Though X Files fans eagerly anticipated this movie, unfortunately many fled movies houses with regret or had buyers remorse for laying down cash for the DVD. Personally, I’m glad I rented the DVD so that I could finally catch up with these characters. But even I, too, was glad I did make the DVD a permanent part of my film collection.

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