The X Files: I Want to Believe
2008
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their trademark roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in this long-awaited sequel to the 1998 hit film The X Files: Fight the Future, based on the phenomenally popular TV series. Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner fill out the cast, along with series regular Mitch Pileggi, who returns as hard-nosed FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

X Files fans have never quite forgiven the series for its unresolved ending (though a few of us liked it that way), and following up six years later with a feature film that ignores the main storyline isn't a way to reward their patience. It doesn't help that the film is so dour and joyless, almost completely lacking adventure and a sense of humor, choosing instead a weighty morality play about how ethical it is to prolong a life by unnatural means, with its characters in a fog of gloom as they wade through the mystery. This feels like a season-seven misfire, accomplishing a lot with its stylish photography and moody atmosphere, but not terribly entertaining. It doesn't do much to please series fans, and the non-initiated will find it a gloomy and unusual thriller, so enjoy it for what it is and hope that the truer "ending" will someday come.

− July 29, 2008 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Jackie Mason: I wonder what will come first, the ending to the X-Files saga or the Terminator saga? I wonder what will be more painful for diehard fans to have to see continued? − July 30, 2008 • more by Jackie

Scott Hardie: They both hurt. :-)

X Files fans have it worse since there seems to be little hope of there being another production. The film company making Terminator: Salvation with Christian Bale is already in preproduction on two additional films in the series, plus there's the TV show. − July 30, 2008 • more by Scott

Kelly Hardie: I usually don't hate movies, but I hated this. I wanted to shout at the end of the credits "ALIENS! HALLLOOOO?"
I think what really ticked me about this is that I didn't have any spoilers coming into the movie about what it is about (thanks alot, Scott). And I expected, like what I expect people going to this movie who are aware of the whole overarching storyline of the X-Files to have at least, SOMETHING to do with the first movie. Bees? Aliens? Something to do with the whole, oh, I don't know, conspiracy that the whole show was based on?

Nope. This was just a episode (and not a very good one) set in the future of the rest of the show. It was joyless and dark and boring. i found the most interesting point in the whole thing being how different Scully looks. This should of been a straight to DVD, cause it just killed any possibility of another movie to resolve of the actual storyline of the show. − July 30, 2008 • more by Kelly

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