The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008)

A psychic priest is helping the FBI hunt for a kidnapped agent when his abilities are called into question. An agent involved in the case enlists the help of the recluse Fox Mulder, former head of the FBI paranormal investigations department, The X-Files.

I Want To Believe is a story that desperately wants to revitalise the classic series but unfortunately falls short of the mark. Starting off well, reintroducing the team of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, catching up with them several years after the last episode of the show, the film spares no time in setting up the basic premise. It’s a shame then that we find ourselves in pretty much the same place one hour in. The hour and a half film feels very much like a fifty minute episode of the series stretched out and never really goes anywhere; the “twist” ending is somewhat inconsequential and the story kind of fizzles out rather than ending with a bang.

On a personal note, I’m a huge fan of The X-Files and the film left me wishing for a new series with the modern production values on display here. As a stand alone film, it simply doesn’t work.

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