Movie review: The X Files
The X Files: I Want to
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Xzibit.
Director: Chris Carter
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Ten years after last appearing on the silver screen with X-Files: Fight the Future, Mulder and Scully return to New Zealand cinemas.
Great efforts had been taken to keep the plot under tight wraps, which developed immense expectations among the huge fan following. But the question here is does the movie keep up to its standards?
Chris Carter, the director and the co-writer, teams up with writer Frank Soptnitz (also X-Files fame) to bring us I Want to Believe.
Carter has kept up his tradition by kicking the movie off with a good pace. I have always admired the way he connects the actual event and the follow up in one frame. The way the characters have been introduced throughout the movie sets a nice tone to the movie.
The story keeps you in the seat throughout the length of the movie, but is it because the story is enthralling or is it because you are waiting for something "X-Files-like" to happen?
I would have to say that I stayed in the seat 40% due to what was happening and 60% anticipating something more. It felt like the writers were more interested in the maturing relationship between Scully and Mulder and examining the nature of faith, whether it's Scully's belief in God and her medical oath or Mulder's devotion to figuring out why things go bump in the night.
The writers seem to have taken a second hand approach to the mystery element of the movie. Carter tries to liven things up by touching on hot-button issues but never engages them in a sensible way. A little bit of humor is thrown in here and there at intervals to lighten up the plot that doesn't seem to exist.
As for the actors David Duchovny, after having been away from X Files for over a decade, seems to have placed himself quite comfortably into "Faux Mulder's" shoe.
On the other hand Gillian Anderson claimed that she had a difficult time being Dana Scully again. Both the actors have done justice to their roles in bringing back the "Believer" (Mulder) and "Skeptic" (Scully) back to life on the big screen. The chemistry between the two is brilliant and is one of the reasons why the X Files fans would want to watch the movie.
The veteran Scottish actor Billy Connolly plays a spooky old moth-eaten priest claiming to be psychic. Connolly creates a quiet, modest performance of a man who hates himself for his sins, does not fully understand his psychic powers and is only trying to help.
Amanda Peet plays a FBI agent who seems to be mesmerized by Mulder's past and helps in building a subtle love triangle between Scully, Mulder and herself. Pimp My Ride rapper Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner plays Peet's partner, a hierarchical stiff in a suit, sick of following a psychic through the snow and quite ready to be done with these alien-hunting has-beens.
At the end of the day, even though the movie lacked the scary jerk sequences and the breath holding suspense, it made a good relaxing watch. First timers might find the movie a decent thriller.
But the X Files fan might be divided into 'I don't believe the
movie does justice to the original series' while others might say
'I Want to Believe'. As for me I would have to say that the movie
has reserved its place in my DVD shelf in the near future.
Now the choice is yours...