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Science Fiction - X-Files: I Want To Believe

X-Files I Want To Believe
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X Files - I Want To Believe
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly
Directed by Chris Carter
Fox Home Video 2008
104 minutes

The fans at the premier of the new X-Files Movie: I Want To Believe were keenly anticipating the Lazarus like reemergence of Fox Mulder – Dana Scully. From the opening doleful sound of the X-Files theme music a hush fell over the audience as huge full moon occupied the left hand side of the screen and the opening credits started. It has been said that anticipation is everything and in the case of I Want To Believe it was also practically all there was.

In short I Want To Believe would have been an okay television episode or made for T.V. movie but doesn’t cut it as a major theatrical release. There have been X-Files episodes that were superior to I Want To Believe (Home, Squeeze, Tooms, Bad Blood all come to mind) though not as long winded as I Want To Believe. We join the story as a woman is being stalked by intruders at her remote home and subsequently goes missing. The FBI calls in Fox Mulder and Dana Scully to help deal with the situation.

The plot is convoluted enough to satisfy the X-Files pedigree but one would normally expect something a little more compelling in a cinematic release. It is unfortunate for fans of the series that the writers could not come up with a story that was a little more interesting. As it is I Want To Believe succeeds as being little more than a footnote to the ground breaking science fiction series. Wait for the video.   

Denis Bernicky

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