The X-Files I Want to Believe (2008)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released in 2008, Ten years after the original feature film The X Files and six years after the show ended. It ended up only taking in $10 million in its opening week and for good reason as this movie is simply a mess.

The story follows formal special F.B.I. agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they are brought back in to the F.B.I. to help on a case of a missing F.B.I. agent. Agent Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) is the agent in charge of the case and the one asking for Scully’s and Mulder’s help, also on the case are F.B.I. agent Mosely Drummy (Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner). The case has been help along by Father Joeseph Fitzgerald Crissman (Billy Connolly) a pedophile priest who has physic visions of the kidnapped agent and her abductors.

The story is mediocre at best and wouldn’t even stand up to some of the worst episodes of the series. The worse thing is that there is nothing paranormal about this case; nothing makes this an x-file except the ending which leaves viewers wondering what the hell just happened. The story is pretty much progresses thanks to the vision of father Crissman and Mulder and Scully are pretty much just there so that they could call the movie an x-files movie.

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The acting is beyond bad as Duchovny and Anderson drag along their scenes and spiting their lines out as if they had just woken up. The emotion and chemistry that once was their between Mulder and Scully are all but gone and so their scenes together just fell awkward and forced. The acting by every other actor is pretty much just an afterthought as the movie revolves around Scully somehow still struggling with her faith and Mulders commitment with the case even though he doesn’t really do much.

Series creator, director and co-writer Chris Carter is mainly to blame as he has crafted a movie that does not hold up to the expectation of anyone that wanted a second X-Files movie. The film was made for $30 million yet seems as if it was made for a lot less as the set pieces are cheap and redundant. The film is a slap to the face to every X-Files fan and a general insult to the intelligent of anyone that watches it.

Bad writing, awful acting, worse directing, horrendous set pieces and absolutely no plot makes it clear that this was a rushed job only meant to make a quick buck. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone not even an X-Files fan as all it would do is taint your memories of the series, 2 out of 5.

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