X-Files… I WANTED to believe…
Never watching the series and being oblivious to the X Files-I still had great anticipation for the film. What followed was an illogical dud the left me quite disappointed!
Scully is working for a catholic hospital while Mulder is keeping his distance from the FBI. Unexplainable circumstances arise and the FBI believes that Fox Mulder has something to offer, but the only way to do so is through Dana Scully.
Regaining the partnership Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) find the chemistry that attracted so many X-File fans from the series. Although the onscreen chemistry works-the plot of the film is so terribly written and executed that even an oscar performance could not have saved it.
Mulder is working with a pedophile convicted priest who now sees visions of missing women and to find that they would soon face death. FBI agents are clueless and the mysterious Father Joseph Crissman may be their only hope. Finding clues (body parts) of the murders could have possibly been no less than a psychic endeavor that only Mulder believes in.
Mulder is indeed the lead of the FBI investigation for the film, but there is a parallel story with Scully. Scully is wrestling gut instinct and morals and she faces the determination to take a stand and make a difference. One of her patients is a young boy that she has become quite fond of and he is facing a terminal illness-that only Scully thinks can be cured.
Scully decides to move forward regardless of other professional opinions and determines that stem cell research is the key to saving the boys life.
Back to the chase we find the psychic connection of Father Joseph to the murders. One of the Russian murderous madmen was a victim of Father Joseph as a young altar boy serving in the church. Growing up to become a menace with his homosexual lover, the men capture women to utilize healthy organs and body parts for a Frankenstein experiment to replace the body of one of the men-to morph him into a woman. Illogically thought out and left me scratching my head by this point-it leads to the end scene of a total body transplant by swapping one head for the other (well, why not do that in the first place?).
Scully finds a connection of evidence in her stem cell research and ultimately saves the day.
No real “jump” factors through the film that X-Files is legendary for looking over your shoulder while watching your TV in your lounge. Plot was so dodgy that it was a disappointment. Analyzing from even a far out perspective still does not make any sense at all. Very poor portrayal of the church-while they do reasonably depict faith.
Do not spend your money on X-Files I want to believe and if a friend offers to shout you to the movies-suggest staying in and watch the series on DVD.
Reviewed by: Josh Bowlin.
Rating: M – Contains Violence.
Duration: 105 mins.
Genre: Science Fiction.
Director: Chris Carter.
Actors: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie, Xzibit.
Release Date: July 31, 2008.