The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

logoDirector: Chris Carter

Writer: Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter (Screenplay)

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit, Mitch Pileggi, Callum Keith Rennie


Plot: Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) both worked at the FBI as partners, a bond between them that led to their becoming lovers. But now they’re out of the FBI and have begun new careers. Scully works as a staff physician at a Catholic hospital. Her focus these days is on a young boy with an incurable brain disease. Administration wants to give up on him. Scully, who feels a special bond with the boy, does not. Meanwhile, Mulder’s focus is on clipping newspaper articles, throwing pencils into his ceiling and writing about the paranormal. Scully and Mulder are brought together as partners again when a special case requires Mulder’s expertise and Scully is prevailed upon to convince him to help. The case involves a paedophile priest who claims he is having psychic visions regarding the whereabouts of a missing FBI agent


Verdict: Unnecessary Extra Episode


Story: The X-Files has always been hit or miss to me trying to explain the unexplainable usually focusing on alien abduction. This time we get a film to follow the show finishing and we get a psychic link, really? That is the big extra addition to a series that has asked plenty of questions over the years. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement but I would imagine the diehard fans would be furious. This could just have been a bog standard episode that no one would remember in the show, not a film. (3/10)


Actor Review


David Duchovny: Mulder exiled by the FBI discredited left to live of the radar Mulder gets his chance to come back and he ends up believing what is told to him when others don’t want to know. David gets one last pay check from the franchise before killing it, he gets to poke a bit of fun at the characters too. (3/10)


Gillian Anderson: Scully now a stubborn doctor who will go to extreme lengths to save her patients not bad really, but re-entering the world of the x-files tests her personality again. Does come back to the level she finished the show but gives a TV performance rather than film. (5/10)


Amanda Peet: ASAC Dakota young FBI agent trying to find a missing agent with a paedophile Priest, she brings Mulder back knowing it was a risk but knows it would be worth it for the truth. Standard support performance. (5/10)


Billy Connolly: Father Crissman the priest with the visions and checked past but is he telling the truth? Good performance from Connolly showing he can do a more serious role without making it all jokes. (7/10)


Xzibit: Agent Mosley the FBI against bring the old team back, who never once believes what is happening. Good bad cop performance.(6/10)


Director Review: Chris Carter – The diehard fans will not be happy with this rather boring conclusion to his creation. (3/10)


Mystery: Looking for a missing person is the highlight of the mystery really. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Yeah a sci-fi film with no sci-fi. (1/10)

Thriller: Will not pull you in. (4/10)

Settings: Simple settings adding nothing to the film. (2/10)
Special Effects
: Some good special effects with the creations. (5/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother, even if you are a diehard fan it is not worth your time. (Avoid)


Best Part: Nope nothing.

Worst Part: Boring

Believability: The experiment side of the story has happened but the rest is not believable. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $68,369,434

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: Believe Again


Overall: Boring

Rating 20

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