X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE – AND FOR THE MOST PART I DID!
While I can’t call myself an X-files aficionado, I’m certainly familiar enough with the main premise of the popular series, which ran from 1993-2002, to know what to expect and, for the most part, I was satisfied by what is basically a good old fashioned detective story combined with the feeling of sharing the company of old friends. While that might sound a bit clichéd, that’s exactly how I felt as I watched the movie. The film’s writer, director and series creator, Chris Carter, doesn’t try to do anything overly special for this second big screen entry. Instead he mounts a fairly well crafted, although not spectacular, thought provoking story anchored by his two lead characters, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Skully (Gillian Anderson).
The plot is pretty straightforward as the story involves mysterious multiple kidnappings, the reuniting of the Mulder and Skully characters which I thought was pretty cool, and a subplot built around the Skully character and stem cell research. I know I’m being a bit vague in my overall description but I think the less you know going in the more you will enjoy it, especially not knowing what Mulder and Skully have been doing since their last appearance six years ago when the series ended. Carter’s script raises issues of faith, perseverance and even morality and it kept me interested throughout. Duchovny and Anderson still have a nice chemistry together, and I truly enjoyed revisiting these two characters again. Billy Connelly (Last Samurai) and Amanda Peet (The Whole Nine Yards) are solid in supporting roles. Peet plays the FBI agent in charge of their new missing person investigation and Connelly plays a fallen Priest who may or may not have psychic abilities. Overall, will this film blow you away? NO! Will it entertain fans of the show and semi-fans like me? I say yes! I believe there’s still something to be said for well crafted, story driven movies with solid characters. That’s what this X-Files film is, and for that, I enjoyed it.
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