Movie Review – X-Files: I Want to Believe

Just got back from a sneak preview of the new ‘X-files: I Want to Believe’ movie.  I wanted to believe it would be awesome.   It wasn’t, and the lack of promotion on the studio’s part should have tipped us all off.  The good news, it wasn’t terrible either.

The story takes up some years after the series left off, and both Scully & Mulder have moved on from the FBI.  But the FBI wants Mulder back to help with a very X-files style case, so they recruit Scully to help reel him in.  What the two are asked to investigate is the strange disappearance of another Fed agent, with the help of a fallen priest who claims the ability to telepathically see clues to her whereabouts.

Sounds like one of the Monster of the Week episodes, doesn’t it?  Well, it pretty much is – on a clearly small budget and murky storyline.  So don’t expect much in the way of supernatural, but a lot of talking (sorry, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT) between Scully & Mulder about their feelings and faith (guess that would be the ‘wanting to believe’ part).  It was pretty slow in places which is probably my biggest complaint with the overall product.

But take heart true fans, the basis of the show is still there; the diametrically opposite viewpoints between Scully & Mulder, the off-beat one-liners, decent cinematography and music, good performances by Duchovny & Anderson.   Not a lot of action – it is PG-13 so yes, you can take most kiddies. 

Many will hate this film, expecting a variation of the first – I kind of applaud Chris Carter for trying something different.  I’m just not sure it worked all that well as the pacing was so slooooooow and by the end of the film, I kind of felt let down by how it all played out as well as some plot holes.

In the end, I was still glad to see Scully & Mulder once more, but think I’ll go back to my DVD’s of the series.

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