The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Ten years after the first X-Files film, and six years after the end of the series, Mulder and Scully are back and they are together-together. When Scully persuades Mulder to get involved in a case involving psychic priest Father Crissman (Billy Connolly), and his vague visions things get about as paranormal as Button Moon. Informed that this is meant to be a stand-alone film, but also answers the relationship question from the series, writer and director Chris Carter never decides what he’s actually trying to achieve. The plot is weak, the villains are nameless and characterless and their weird experiments are never explained. It’s not even as though the film has amazing special effects, all the action happens in snowbound countryside, and considering how the portrayal of forensics analysis has been forever upped by TV’s many (admittedly ridiculous) CSI spin-offs, the lack of diverting locations are a mistake.
Mulder and Scully’s roles as ‘believer’ and ‘skeptic’ that provided so much tension in the series are massively overplayed, almost to comic effect. He is still looking for his sister, wedged into the plot by Scully in the first few minutes; she is still trying to find reason in her life to have faith, played out by a dislocated side plot. The truth may still be out there, it certainly isn’t here.
General release from Fri 1 Aug.