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The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)


Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story The whole X Files TV series written by Chris Carter
Director Chris Carter
Writers/Script Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter
Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Mitch Pileggi,

Elevator Pitch: It is winter in Virginia. Scully is working as a doctor in a catholic hospital, Mulder is in hiding, being chased by the FBI. When a female FBI agent goes missing and her whereabouts are possibly known by a paedophile priest with telepathic powers, Scully is asked to find Mulder and get him on the case. If he does the FBI will call off their hunt for him. Mulder and Scully are reunited and with the help of the defrocked priest find bits of humans in the ice. Someone is using abducted people for body parts, so it is up to them to help agent Dakota Whitney solve the case.

Content: A real surpriise to see Scully and Mulder in bed together, but that’s it. Some smoking. Scully works in a hospital ministering to a dying boy. FBI people trudge about in the snow. Cars are rammed off the road and people constantly sneak about in the dark carrying bags with the words “Organ Transplant” written on them. The defrocked priest is interviewed and more than once leads a search party into the snow. Later we are offered a view of the villain’s activities ahead of the detectives.

A View: This plot did not seen to be worthy of the characters. Hardly an alien invasion or anything like it. Telepathy is a bit run of the mill these days. It was not much liked by the critics who gave the plot the same thumbs down as I have.  Amanda Peet shone as the FBI agent, she is an actor who does not get much credit for the good work she does. But despite her only a watch for nothing while doing something else, particularly once you have worked out what everybody is up to.

Additional Info: This is the second full length X Files film, helmed by Chris Carter. I have not seen the first recently but seem to remember that it was better than this one.

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One thought on “The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

  1. The first one is certainly better, and it’s about the mythology of the series! Carter wanted to repeat the series formula alternating mythology and standalone stories, but he clearly made a big mistake and that was the end for The X-Files…

    Posted by Sam Simon | April 11, 2020, 2:16 pm

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