Film Review: The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

Release Date: July 25th, 2008
Directed by: Chris Carter
Written by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Based on: The X-Files by Chris Carter
Music by: Mark Snow
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, Mitch Pileggi

Crying Box Productions, Dune Entertainment III, Ten Thirteen Productions, 20th Century Fox, 104 Minutes

Review:

After binge watching The X-Files television series in its entirety and revisiting the first film, I had to cap it off by checking out the second film, which I had never seen.

The film is not a continuation of the alien conspiracy story. It plays more like an extended version of an X-Files monster of the week episode. The story is fine and dandy but I don’t think that it warranted a feature film.

Sure, it serves to help Mulder and the FBI bury the hatchet, it goes on to show what happened to him and Scully a few years after the series finale but other than that, there isn’t much here.

The new agents played by Amanda Peet and Xzibit are pretty disposable. Peet dies a senseless death that doesn’t impact the film, the plot or the characters. It would have been nice to see her continue on from this picture but she’s essentially just the tool to bring Mulder back into the fold and then just done away with. Xzibit was awful in this film. He’s just a grumpy skeptic asshole at every turn and isn’t even remotely likable or interesting.

Walter Skinner shows back up in the end and it is a nice reunion but it isn’t as impactful as you feel it should be. Doggett and Reyes are nowhere to be found and as far as I saw, not even mentioned, after being a huge part of the series’ final two seasons.

The film plays like a mediocre episode of the show but it is entirely too long and drawn out. It isn’t a complete waste of time and it isn’t a bad film, it just isn’t what should have warranted a theatrical release and would have served the franchise better as a television event instead of trying to be a summer tent pole film.

It isn’t nearly as good of a follow-up as the revival miniseries (or season ten) that they just aired last year.

This film should have picked up the alien conspiracy plot or it should have served to close out Doggett’s story of trying to solve his son’s murder, which still, to this day, is not resolved.

Rating: 5/10

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