The X-Files: I Want to Believe (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 29 2008

Rob Bowman’s original spin-off movie, made at the height of the TV series’ popularity in 1998, expanded its small-screen format into a spectacular stand-alone feature. This belated follow-up, helmed by series creator Chris Carter, feels like a self-contained TV episode. At its heart is the emotional relationship between ex-FBI paranormal investigators Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), a troubled agnostic who wants to believe, and Dr Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a rational sceptic. This humanises the script’s big ideas about faith versus science, but also scales down the events. While fans may welcome this back-to-basics approach, casual viewers expecting another spectacular tale of spaceships and aliens could be disappointed.

When a female FBI agent is abducted, Mulder believes the ‘visions’ of psychic priest Father Joe (Billy Connolly) hold the key to the mystery; Scully thinks the ex-paedophile is trying to expiate his past sins. With Father Joe’s help, sundry body parts are found, some containing traces of animal tranquiliser. Organ theft, it seems, may be the motive. This chimes oddly with Scully’s own medical dilemma: she is contemplating painful, experimental stem cell therapy for a young boy with an incurable degenerative disease. On the one hand, a vivisectionist nightmare, on the other, an ethically ambiguous dream of power over death.

In its prime, ‘The X-Files’ tapped in to a zeitgeisty fascination with paranormal phenomena and conspiracy theories. But six years after the show sputtered to a close, Carter, Duchovny and Anderson are going through the motions. Lazy plotting, so-so performances and squandered ideas lead to only one diagnosis: there is no compelling reason to keep this moribund formula on a life-support machine.
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Fri Aug 1, 2008

Duration:

104 mins

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Chloe

Ignore the critics, if you've ever got any enjoyment out of X-Files give it a go. I am the proud owner of all 9 series' & thought this answered many questions about the extremely complex relationship between Mulder & Scully. Complex to a point that made my head hurt!! I don't think this film is a great way to introduce the X-Files to new fans, as without the background they would probably think it was much ado about nothing, but for old fans it's much needed clarification. Please please please...X-Files 3???

Chloe

Ignore the critics, if you've ever got any enjoyment out of X-Files give it a go. I am the proud owner of all 9 series' & thought this answered many questions about the extremely complex relationship between Mulder & Scully. Complex to a point that made my head hurt!! I don't think this film is a great way to introduce the X-Files to new fans, as without the background they would probably think it was much ado about nothing, but for old fans it's much needed clarification. Please please please...X-Files 3???

Steph

i really liked this film. will definately be buying the dvd when it comes out. p.s. never realised how hot duchovny was!

Steph

i really liked this film. will definately be buying the dvd when it comes out. p.s. never realised how hot duchovny was!

dom

Classic X-Files, dark, moody, subtly humerous, inteligent, and provocative. Screw the critics they are just a small bunch of people, the vast majority of thhose that have seen this film really liked it, incliding me.

dom

Classic X-Files, dark, moody, subtly humerous, inteligent, and provocative. Screw the critics they are just a small bunch of people, the vast majority of thhose that have seen this film really liked it, incliding me.

Moz

All in all a good film, if a little needless. It's basically a feature length 'killer of the week' episode and wisely stays away from aliens altogether. I think they managed to avoid writing a nostalgic film despite a few nods to past X Files episodes. I'm hoping they'll wrap the X Files us soon though as it's already been stretched a little too far. Great performances all round, good viewing.

Moz

All in all a good film, if a little needless. It's basically a feature length 'killer of the week' episode and wisely stays away from aliens altogether. I think they managed to avoid writing a nostalgic film despite a few nods to past X Files episodes. I'm hoping they'll wrap the X Files us soon though as it's already been stretched a little too far. Great performances all round, good viewing.

Mr Des

As expected and not disappointed the usual magic chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson remains intact, this time with a different slant to their roles to uncover the truth with not a hint of alien abductions or conspirecy theories in sight they set about to put a gang of Russian "Frankenstein" monster makers out of business. Gripping and gruesome it is compwlling watching if you loved the show. Ignore the non believers who have slated this movie with negative reviews, they are talking out of their backsides. Oh yeah, Billy Connolly is great in it as well!

Mr Des

As expected and not disappointed the usual magic chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson remains intact, this time with a different slant to their roles to uncover the truth with not a hint of alien abductions or conspirecy theories in sight they set about to put a gang of Russian "Frankenstein" monster makers out of business. Gripping and gruesome it is compwlling watching if you loved the show. Ignore the non believers who have slated this movie with negative reviews, they are talking out of their backsides. Oh yeah, Billy Connolly is great in it as well!

sam

i changed my mind this is the best movie ever i will tell you know!! go and see it! i loved it!!

sam

i changed my mind this is the best movie ever i will tell you know!! go and see it! i loved it!!

john

If you like The X-Files, or darkly thought provoking films SEE IT, if you're expecting 2D plot lines and bad guys dressed as clowns, don't bother, but it'll be your loss.

john

If you like The X-Files, or darkly thought provoking films SEE IT, if you're expecting 2D plot lines and bad guys dressed as clowns, don't bother, but it'll be your loss.

Lynn

Not only should you go, but you should take 100 friends. Awesome flick. Can't wait to see more Mulder and Scully!

Lynn

Not only should you go, but you should take 100 friends. Awesome flick. Can't wait to see more Mulder and Scully!

Kate

shigsy2003, how could you possibly introduce the characters AND the mythology to audiences at the same time? We needed this film as a bridge. It re-establishes the characters for the old audience and introduces them to the new fans. It develops them and puts them in place to address the issues set up for 2012. You can't just jump to that point. New audiences wouldn't get it, and half the old audience wouldn't remember the mythology anyway. I loved this film. No other film I've seen this summer (or this year, actually) has lead to the kind of debates as this film has in my circle of friends. It gets under your skin and makes you really think. I loved it! And I'm happy to have it as a bridge between the series and the next film.

Kate

shigsy2003, how could you possibly introduce the characters AND the mythology to audiences at the same time? We needed this film as a bridge. It re-establishes the characters for the old audience and introduces them to the new fans. It develops them and puts them in place to address the issues set up for 2012. You can't just jump to that point. New audiences wouldn't get it, and half the old audience wouldn't remember the mythology anyway. I loved this film. No other film I've seen this summer (or this year, actually) has lead to the kind of debates as this film has in my circle of friends. It gets under your skin and makes you really think. I loved it! And I'm happy to have it as a bridge between the series and the next film.

Luke

It's great, classic X-Files through and through, just what I've been waiting 6 years for. Can't wait till X-3...

Luke

It's great, classic X-Files through and through, just what I've been waiting 6 years for. Can't wait till X-3...

usman khawaja

i did so much want to believe in the following . scully and mulder are not freaks . there is no such thing as bias to russians in the west. that no one will rip off mary shelley's FRANKENSTEIN again as it has been done to nauseating repititive frequency and travesty . but it is too much to hope as we have another fantasy galore with russian villains ,lot of -oh are u ok -the dialogue from hell -which everyone says till you are so bored you go to sleep but then some badly done SFX and boy are they bad ,wake you up . it hardly has any thing to like about it with duchovny and anderson both looking old and bored , god save the planet from these freaks -we can take care of E-Ts

usman khawaja

i did so much want to believe in the following . scully and mulder are not freaks . there is no such thing as bias to russians in the west. that no one will rip off mary shelley's FRANKENSTEIN again as it has been done to nauseating repititive frequency and travesty . but it is too much to hope as we have another fantasy galore with russian villains ,lot of -oh are u ok -the dialogue from hell -which everyone says till you are so bored you go to sleep but then some badly done SFX and boy are they bad ,wake you up . it hardly has any thing to like about it with duchovny and anderson both looking old and bored , god save the planet from these freaks -we can take care of E-Ts

Cailicat

This film is amazing. It is a haunting tale told in the style of Hitchcock, set to the thematic elements of love and redemption. For those who wanted nothing but aliens, car chases and mindless explosions, you are most certainly out of luck. This is an intelligent film, a thinking-person's crumpet. Gillian Anderson's performance is a revelation, proving she is one of the top contemporary talents. "I Want To Believe" is a dark, moody film concerning one couple's struggle to reconcile within themselves and each other the opposing forces of science, faith, and philosophy. Two people so consumed by a need to save what has already been lost, seeking relief or redemption for a self-perceived crime or sin, that they nearly destroy the very thing that offers them any solace or comfort in the world. This film is gritty and I believe too real for many people. It holds a mirror up to society and the reflection is not always pleasing. "I Want To Believe" challenges its characters and its audience.

Cailicat

This film is amazing. It is a haunting tale told in the style of Hitchcock, set to the thematic elements of love and redemption. For those who wanted nothing but aliens, car chases and mindless explosions, you are most certainly out of luck. This is an intelligent film, a thinking-person's crumpet. Gillian Anderson's performance is a revelation, proving she is one of the top contemporary talents. "I Want To Believe" is a dark, moody film concerning one couple's struggle to reconcile within themselves and each other the opposing forces of science, faith, and philosophy. Two people so consumed by a need to save what has already been lost, seeking relief or redemption for a self-perceived crime or sin, that they nearly destroy the very thing that offers them any solace or comfort in the world. This film is gritty and I believe too real for many people. It holds a mirror up to society and the reflection is not always pleasing. "I Want To Believe" challenges its characters and its audience.

Rachel

This movie was fantastic. What better way to resurrect the X-files than to focus on the story and it's characters. That's what the show was about. The story itself was thrilling, scary and had me gripped from beginning to end. The development of the relationship between Mulder and Scully was so profound and believable as to not disappoint and I watched it with my husband who was a fan but had not seen the entire series. He loved it and thought Billy Connolly's performance was outstanding. Go see this movie - you will not be disappointed!

Rachel

This movie was fantastic. What better way to resurrect the X-files than to focus on the story and it's characters. That's what the show was about. The story itself was thrilling, scary and had me gripped from beginning to end. The development of the relationship between Mulder and Scully was so profound and believable as to not disappoint and I watched it with my husband who was a fan but had not seen the entire series. He loved it and thought Billy Connolly's performance was outstanding. Go see this movie - you will not be disappointed!

Sorina

To Benji Barnes: I think you've been watching a different show really, that's why you're so confused. The X Files rocks!

Sorina

To Benji Barnes: I think you've been watching a different show really, that's why you're so confused. The X Files rocks!

David Jones

The critics are wrong. This film is awesome, Just look at the difference between the Time Out and User ratings above to see that.

David Jones

The critics are wrong. This film is awesome, Just look at the difference between the Time Out and User ratings above to see that.

Nia

This film is an absolute treat for fans and non-fanst alike, though I'm certain fans will get a lot more out of it. A classy story that doesn't need flashy effects to provide suspense, the true heart of the film lies with its leads, who more than capably remind us of why we fell in love with them the first time round.

Nia

This film is an absolute treat for fans and non-fanst alike, though I'm certain fans will get a lot more out of it. A classy story that doesn't need flashy effects to provide suspense, the true heart of the film lies with its leads, who more than capably remind us of why we fell in love with them the first time round.

Djole

For an avid fan of the TV series this was an absolute mess. I did not like it NOT because there were no Aliens but because it was so boring and the plot was all over the place. It was so bad that I spent most of the movie wondering if David Duchovny had had Botox !

Djole

For an avid fan of the TV series this was an absolute mess. I did not like it NOT because there were no Aliens but because it was so boring and the plot was all over the place. It was so bad that I spent most of the movie wondering if David Duchovny had had Botox !

danakscully64

I really liked the film. I've been a fan for more than 10 years and it was nice to see the movie go back to the season 1 and 2 roots. The Mulder-Scully relationship was awesome, the inside-jokes were great, the guest stars (yes, even Amanda Peet and Xzibit) were really good, and the plot was surprising. This movie doesn't rely on special effects like most movie do (too much special effects = lame story line). If Fox had advertised better, the movie would have done better in the box office. I pray for a 3rd movie.

danakscully64

I really liked the film. I've been a fan for more than 10 years and it was nice to see the movie go back to the season 1 and 2 roots. The Mulder-Scully relationship was awesome, the inside-jokes were great, the guest stars (yes, even Amanda Peet and Xzibit) were really good, and the plot was surprising. This movie doesn't rely on special effects like most movie do (too much special effects = lame story line). If Fox had advertised better, the movie would have done better in the box office. I pray for a 3rd movie.

Tanya

I loved the story and performances- it was a brilliant movie in it's own right, not just as part of the X-Files franchise.

Tanya

I loved the story and performances- it was a brilliant movie in it's own right, not just as part of the X-Files franchise.

Sorina

10/10 This is a smart film. Don't go expecting special effects by the tons, explosions, CGI and whatnot because it has none. It's not what one would call a blockbuster summer movie. Instead it's a thinking film, it actually requires the viewers to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The audience has to think and make up their own minds on what they see - whether they believe or are skeptical, about what's right or wrong and whether the main characters are flawed for believing what they believe in or if it's that very belief that pushes them forward, never giving up. Give it a chance, you won't regret it. And STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS - there's a SURPRISE at the end.

Sorina

10/10 This is a smart film. Don't go expecting special effects by the tons, explosions, CGI and whatnot because it has none. It's not what one would call a blockbuster summer movie. Instead it's a thinking film, it actually requires the viewers to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The audience has to think and make up their own minds on what they see - whether they believe or are skeptical, about what's right or wrong and whether the main characters are flawed for believing what they believe in or if it's that very belief that pushes them forward, never giving up. Give it a chance, you won't regret it. And STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS - there's a SURPRISE at the end.

HAYLEY

FABULOUS MOVIE 10/10 Anyone that slates this movie obviously went into the wrong film. Too many critics are slamming this movie because it isnt about aliens, its about a serial killer. NEWSFLASH - most of the stories on the show were about serial killers! Fantastic direction and 5* acting acompany a script which is funny, intense, thrilling, romantic and scary. What more de we want? Dont listen to critics, go and see it for yourself.

HAYLEY

FABULOUS MOVIE 10/10 Anyone that slates this movie obviously went into the wrong film. Too many critics are slamming this movie because it isnt about aliens, its about a serial killer. NEWSFLASH - most of the stories on the show were about serial killers! Fantastic direction and 5* acting acompany a script which is funny, intense, thrilling, romantic and scary. What more de we want? Dont listen to critics, go and see it for yourself.

Luvgillian

Loved this movie. A nice thriller, excellent acting and romance. I can't wait for the third movie.

Luvgillian

Loved this movie. A nice thriller, excellent acting and romance. I can't wait for the third movie.

Kate

The X-Files grows up. This is a character piece, and Duchovny and Anderson are at their very best. Sure, it's got a creep factor, but the story is a love story like no other. And I mean love in its purest form, as well as it's most twisted. The parallels between Scully's story and the main plot leave you with some fairly profound notions. How many summer movies create a debate about redemption and faith while juxtaposing them against the limits of medical science? How far should you go to save a life? Does the end always justify the means? This is a thinking person's film. If you are looking for explosions and CGI, don't bother. But if you are looking for character development, suspense, humor, a debate about redemption and love, then give this movie a chance.

Kate

The X-Files grows up. This is a character piece, and Duchovny and Anderson are at their very best. Sure, it's got a creep factor, but the story is a love story like no other. And I mean love in its purest form, as well as it's most twisted. The parallels between Scully's story and the main plot leave you with some fairly profound notions. How many summer movies create a debate about redemption and faith while juxtaposing them against the limits of medical science? How far should you go to save a life? Does the end always justify the means? This is a thinking person's film. If you are looking for explosions and CGI, don't bother. But if you are looking for character development, suspense, humor, a debate about redemption and love, then give this movie a chance.

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