The X Files: I Want to Believe

2008

Drama / Mystery

7
IMDb Rating 5.9

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Reviewed by WriterDave 5

The world is a greatly changed place since the heyday of &quot;The X-files.&quot; Back in the late 1990&#39;s the TV show was at its height and tapping into the shared fears of the day: fear of the unknown, fear of the impending millennium, and fear that something larger than us (the government or alien invaders) was up to no good. Flash forward to the year 2008 and we know all that hubbub about the millennium was for nothing, our government has been up to no good for years, and it&#39;s not space invaders we need to worry about but other people terrorizing us. The murky, gloomy, grim style of &quot;The X-Files&quot; is now the norm with feverish and dark films like &quot;There Will Be Blood&quot; and &quot;The Dark Knight&quot; tapping into the mindset of culture today from opposite ends of the film spectrum.<br/><br/>Apparently creator Chris Carter didn&#39;t realize his baby was irrelevant now. His only mission should&#39;ve been to please the faithful. If he wanted to revive his series on film, he had best stick to the labyrinthine alien mythology that still has some die-hard fans buzzing, or at the very least deliver a fun stand-alone monster-of-the-week style flick that would make fans jump in their seats. With &quot;The X-Files: I Want to Believe&quot; he does neither of those things. Instead, he gives us a story where Mulder and Scully come out of hiding to work on a case where the FBI are using a psychic criminal priest to help locate a missing agent and track down a potential serial killer. The plot fits more into the mold of his far less popular companion series &quot;Millennium&quot; than it does to &quot;The X-Files.&quot; Apparently Carter wanted to please no one except perhaps himself.<br/><br/>The weirdest thing about the film is that it isn&#39;t all that bad. Carter as a director lays on some decent atmosphere (with all the global-warming defying snow and some eerie nighttime shots) and creates some palpable tension as the horrors of the case grow grimmer. The chemistry between Mulder (a lazy but effective David Duchovny) and Scully (an amazingly fully ranged and emotional Gillian Anderson) is still there, and Anderson&#39;s performance is especially gripping. Billy Connolly, cast against type, gives an interesting turn as the corrupted priest searching for redemption through his visions that probably would&#39;ve garnered an Emmy nod had this been a very special two-part TV episode. Also good is Amanda Peet, looking smashing in her smart FBI pantsuits.<br/><br/>Most interesting is the story arc given Dana Scully. I honestly had stopped watching the show after the sixth season, and aside from the mythology storyline that built up to the first film released ten years ago, I recall some of my favorite episodes being the ones where Scully questioned her faith and struggled with reconciling her Catholicism with her scientific approach to the paranormal investigations. This is again explored here, as Scully, always the skeptic, so desperately wants to believe in something. However, it&#39;s an odd choice for Carter to focus on this internal human drama when he should be focusing on how to bring fans back into the fold. It would&#39;ve been an interesting and compelling layer had Carter not been so inept with the rest of the plot.<br/><br/>In the end some fine performances and a moody atmosphere do not add up to a good time. Eventually it becomes an uncomfortable and anachronistic creep-fest that plays like the type of suspense thriller that ruled the roost in the mid-1990&#39;s after films like &quot;Silence of the Lambs&quot; and &quot;Seven&quot; made police detection and serial killing popular entertainment. Well, it&#39;s 2008, Mr. Carter, and it&#39;s time to wake up from your prolonged nightmare that was rendered uninteresting in 2001.

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Reviewed by Smells_Like_Cheese 7

The X-Files, one of the most famous television shows that ended in 2002, had a movie in 2000, just came out with a sequel. To be honest, I was wondering why, I know that there are still fans that are shaking to see their favorite agents back, but the story was weak and felt like another episode, just an extended one. Now I did enjoy The X-Files series, I also did like the first X-Files film, so I felt like maybe this was going to be big and have an exciting story, but instead we have just another episode that is trying to have the Saw edge and gross people out. We also have some added characters that are just weak, for example Xzibit as a one dimensional character who is just flat and typical, also, it&#39;s Xzibit, I don&#39;t know what casting director was thinking &quot;he&#39;s perfect&quot;, no offense to this guy, but he should stick to his day job. David and Gillain are also off track and don&#39;t have the same chemistry as they did in the series.<br/><br/>Fox Mulder has been requested back by the FBI to help them with a case of missing female FBI agents, he meets a priest/pedophile/psychic who is also helping the FBI out with the case. Dana Scully has decided to stay with her current career as a doctor who is struggling to save a little boy&#39;s brain disease. But Fox wants her back in work with him and together they discover the darker world that is happening with these missing FBI agents and the Russian black market.<br/><br/>The X Files: I Want to Believe is over all not a bad movie by any means, but it&#39;s at this point that it seems like the writers were not even trying. Also with David and Gillain, I like to call this movie The X Files: I Want a Paycheck, because they just didn&#39;t put their hearts into this and you can tell very much, I thought David hated the series, you think he would have been more stubborn or at least would have read the script first before the paycheck. As far as for the fans, I&#39;d recommend that you just do the matinée, it&#39;s not a full price ticket movie, it&#39;s just an extended episode, the ending is anti-climatic and this was just pointless.<br/><br/>5/10

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Reviewed by XweAponX 10

If I&#39;m Disappointed, I&#39;m Disappointed in how Fickle the fans are, rather than in Carter. Once Again, Carter makes an X-Files, with all the good qualities of The X Files. So there were NO ALIENS? Gosh, Carter should be strung up next to Ryan Reynolds from the 3rd Season Ep &quot;Syzygy&quot;. May he be tarred and feathered and beaten to deth just cos there were no Little Green Men. Shame, shame on the so-called Fans.<br/><br/>In &quot;I Want To Believe&quot; - The Fans who followed the show to the end, forget that Mulder and Skully were allowed to go into hiding and set free by Skinner and Kirsch, and had NO INVOLVEMENT with the FBI or the literal X Files from that point on. That was back in 2002. For the Fans to forget this, is solidly unforgivable.<br/><br/>What did they want, these so-called Eberts? They did not want to see Mulder and Skully, they wanted EBEs. They forget that about half of the X-Files cases, were cases, just like this case in this film.<br/><br/>As an X-File, this is your regular dose of Conundrum. As a Film, it is well directed by Chris Carter himself. The look of the film is cold and bleak, just like the story being told. The Locations are also dismal, just like the majority of locations in The X Files show. Most of the fans who posted here, sound more like Right-Wing Anti-Abortion Extremists than True Fans of The-X-Files: Therefore, I must refute them all.<br/><br/>Now as I WAS a fan from day one of the first Pilot of the Series, and I stayed with the show for almost a decade, I will say, these So Called Internet Eberts are Ungrateful Sots. And I don&#39;t care who LIKES what I have to say about them, it was the same thing that happened with Star Trek: Nemesis, which was also a great film PANNED by the Franchise&#39; own Fans. If they can&#39;t see what they did to this film, then it&#39;s on them, not Carter. All Carter wanted to do, was give us Mulder and Skully again, and he does this, and it succeeds. I did not WATCH this film to see Little Green EBEs, I watched it to see the DYNAMIC of Skully and Mulder and how they work together, which is as awesome here as it was in the series and the &quot;other feature film&quot;.<br/><br/>Billy Conolly is Joseph Crissman, a Pedophilic X-Priest who for some reason has been seeing the abduction of a young FBI Agent Monica Bannon (Xantha Radley). ASAC Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) locates and calls upon Fox Mulder to help her decipher what Crissman is seeing or if it has any validity. She says &quot;Help us and the FBI says All Is Forgiven&quot;. - And we get the impression in this film, this is exactly what Mulder wants - As he and Skully have been wasting away in a rural area. The chance to work with the X Files once more, gives Mulder new life.<br/><br/>But it takes us the whole film to see, this process going on within Mulder. On one hand he wants to Get Away from all the Government Lies, but on the other hand, he can&#39;t really live unless he is investigating some kind of Fringe Event.<br/><br/>Skully, meanwhile is working in a Catholic Hospital, which just like the FBI is run by the tenet &quot;Apology is Policy&quot; - She is in the middle of treating a child with an untreatable Brain Illness, but she has found an alternative Treatment which gives the boy a fair chance of survival but the Catholic Hospital will not allow it because it has to do with Stem Cell research. In a way, Skully is now seeing what Mulder had to go through with the FBI with each X-File.<br/><br/>This puts Skully in the bad position of not being fully available to Mulder as he gets more involved with the FBI in the search for Bannon- And as Skully has rejected Crissman&#39;s claims that he has a Psychic Link to the Victim, and the FBI is looking for a real-life connection between Bannon and Crissman - This puts Mulder in the same spot where he seems to land himself in most of the series of The X Files.<br/><br/>So Skully leaves Mulder alone to work with the FBI while she convinces the Hospital to allow her to save the boy. In her research, she discovers a connection between her work, the Agent&#39;s abduction, and Father Crissman. As with an X-Files case, Mulder figures out the more unbelievable things, while Skully finds scientific evidence. But nothing can explain Father Crissman, is is a Fakir? Skully thinks so, but ultimately the Truth Out vindicates Crissman.<br/><br/>What we have here is a full blown Mike Hammer style Mystery with elements of The Supernatural. Mix in some Fringe Science, and a few scenes where Mulder gets the crap kicked out of him, and it&#39;s regular X-Files, circa Season Three.<br/><br/>I say that this Feature Film is similar to the 3rd Season Ep &quot;Grotesque&quot; because it follows the &quot;Spiritual&quot; format of Season Three, and &quot;Grotesque&quot; was the best of these Eps - It showed Mulder&#39;s Process of going to the Dark Place and becoming it, as does this film. I thought Season Three was one of the best X-Files seasons, and most of the X-Files of that year, had to do with cases like this one.<br/><br/>I want to personally tell Chris Carter - Give us some more, and stand your Ground. Tell is, IN FILM, what you were saying here in This Film - Chris I&#39;m behind you all the way. Because if Apology is Policy, then it is not a good one.

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