The X Files: I Want to Believe

2008

Drama / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 87,025

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Reviewed by symbioticpsychotic 5 / 10 / 10

Meh

As a true fan of the series, I was somewhat disappointed with this entry into the franchise. It doesn't bother me that it had nothing really to do with the mythology, no conspiracy, no alien replacements, no Doggett, no Reyes. What did bother me, however, is that it didn't have much else either. I honestly went in with a completely open mind, and came out unmoved, from an 'event' that should have moved me. The script was very flat and lifeless. The acting was stale and uninspired (due to the script no doubt). The plot, long and not punchy enough to deserve who slow it played out. And the climax (and I use the term loosely) was really flat. There were no 'spikes' in this film, when 'spikes' are the reason we watch. If anything, I would have to rate this among the more average episodes of the show. Indeed, it actually felt like an episode that had been blown out to a 2 hour run time. In and of itself, that's not a bad thing, just make the content something worth watching. The Good: Seeing Mulder and Scully again. Bless their hearts. Seeing the location type across the bottom left hand side of the screen. Ahh nostalgia. Hearing the signature theme for a brief moment. And, the opening scene was quite good, interesting and gripping. The Bad: It stops right there after that first scene. The reasons for Mulder's return to the FBI are unsound. Mulder and Scully are both wanted by the FBI. Mulder on the run from his sentence to death. I don't believe for a moment that the FBI would drop charges to save one Agent, considering no one in the high positions believed in his work anyway. There were too many nods and winks for the fans. If Carter had maybe have spent less time naming things after previous writers and directors and more time focusing on writing a tight script, things may have been different. The script had too much emphasis on Scully's patient, and not enough emphasis on what was actually happening in the main story. Scully was really whiny. And it annoyed me that she brought up Samantha. Mulder was a little bit weak, and somewhat boring, he did not have the spirit and gusto that he had in the show. It was not scary. It was barely dramatic. It was not engaging, and unfortunately I really never asked the question "what's going to happen next", or how are they going to solve this?" But rather, when will this speed up. It is only my die hard fan-ship of the show that made me not ask myself "When can I go home?" Although, I did have free tickets, so it would have been silly to leave. And the inclusion of Skinner was an obvious fan treat, and completely irrelevant to the plot. I hate the fact that I didn't like it. It should have been an event. And it wasn't. I'm not disappointed, because I got to see my beloved Mulder and Scully again. But I wasn't impressed. An unfortunately low 5/10 :(

Reviewed by mercuryix-1 4 / 10 / 10

Chris, Chris, Chris....

I just saw X-Files: I Want to Believe. There are too many other people beginning their reviews with "I Wanted to Believe It Would Have Been a Decent Film", for me to do the same. However, that is how I, like many others, felt tonight. There was laughter during the serious scenes, and no laughter during the briefly "comic" moments. Not a good sign when the audience is tittering during moments of anger or tears between the main actors. After it was over, I wanted to buy Chris Carter a beer, sit down with him, slap him in the head and say "Chris..... what happened?" Chris wrote some great episodes, but as the series ended it got weaker and weaker. This movie plays like a subpar episode from one of their weaker seasons. It's as if Carter had proved the old cliché that a writer only has so many stories in them, and when they're gone, they're gone. I don't want to believe that, but it's hard to dispute it in this case. Duchovny and Anderson are first-rate, as always; they are the only reason people would watch this movie; no-one else could say these lines and hold interest. Watch this movie only if you want to see them as their characters, and discard any need for coherency or plot, let alone logic; because you won't find it. POSSIBLE SPOILERS (NOT THAT IT MATTERS): The main villain in this movie is a 50 year-old Russian delivery man, who outruns the younger Mulder, outwits him, is played as if he's the unstoppable Alien throughout the series, when he is really only a.... 50 year-old Russian guy with no special powers. Then, at the very end, after getting away after every gruesome crime, he gets whacked in the noggin with a wrench from a woman and goes down. End of villain. The movie ends shortly thereafter. The "hero" of the movie is a retired pedophile priest. Making this schmoe a "pedophile" just to make him unpalatable, was unnecessary, and insensitive to those who have actually been molested as children. It was a very cheap and easy way to make the guy disturbing to audiences, and Carter is smarter than to use such a cheap device. SPOILER ALERT: (again, not that it matters): The entire plot, as ludicrous as it sounds, boils down to this: A 50 year-old gay Russian dude who is part of an illegal organ-snatching ring wants to save his gay partner by stealing body parts; when that fails, he plans to have his head grafted onto a woman's body. That's it. I kid you not. When you see the movie, you will see this is exactly the plot. You will also want to join me in slapping Chris Carter in the head. After all this time, this is the best he can come up with? It is a cross between a Russian Dr. Frankenstein movie and Hairspray. MOST LUDICROUS MOMENT AWARD: Again, the shame here is on Carter, not Duchovny. He actually has Mulder go into a room full of the people he knows have been abducting and cutting up women for body parts, armed with.... a wrench. That's right, a wrench. He staggers around (he has a head injury) saying "Stop! Just Stop what you're doing! Do any of you speak English??" Then a 70 year old Russian doc hits him with a hypo gun, knocking him out. This is the guy who went toe to toe with unstoppable morphing aliens in the series. Now he's dumb enough to get hypo'd by a guy on social security. Everything after this point was pure farce, and you feel insulted that you were expected to take any of it seriously. The plot holes are too giant to describe. Save that for a guy that used to live on the cell phone, it doesn't occur to Mulder to use his phone when he finds out where the bad guys are. Oh yeah, he does, but his car gets rammed so he drops it. Then, when he wakes up hours later in his car, he still has his phone, but doesn't use it. But wait, Skinner arrives anyway! And he has some of the dumbest lines in the movie as he and Skully try to find Mulder randomly in the dark! OK, I give up..... there's no describing it. The Truth Is Out There, and it is this: Any member of the audience tonight that was laughing during this movie could have sat down, and in two weeks, written a treatment that would have turned into a better movie than what Chris Carter and Spotnitz wrote. If you are a fan, you will leave the theater with the same feeling; and you will be correct. Yep, this...thing with two heads was written by two heads. Which is probably why you will see two-headed things in this movie. As for myself, I Don't Want to Believe. I Don't Want to Believe that Carter would write something this bad, and this insulting to not only the die-hard X-Files fans, but for Duchovny and Anderson to perform. I can't end without saying something directly to Carter, though I know he won't ever read it: Come on, Chris. You know you could have written a better and more compelling (and more coherent) script than this. You should have vetted it, found out how bad it was, scrapped it, and started from scratch with a new script with higher stakes and more meaning for your audience. Your audience deserved better, and your legacy deserves better. (Cue mournful X-Files music at end......)

Reviewed by karlin-crt 4 / 10 / 10

That's why episodes last 45min not 2h

Lot of spoilers - do not read if you haven't seen the film yet. I've seen the film a few minutes ago and I have to say I really didn't like it. First of all, what the hell is Xzibit doing in there? He should stick to pimp my ride, there he sucks just a little less than in the new X files film. I don't think much better of Amanda Peet, but she couldn't suck more than Xzibit (well i suppose she does in real life, if Xzibit is't one of the bad-guy-turned-good father Joe's altar boys), she should make a romance-comedy, not X filed, well there was a lot of romance in this film, but not with her involved... Scully and Mulder resembled themselves from the old days, no comment on that, a good performance, and of course, you can't mess up Skinner, there's no way; the scene where he enters the plot line was one of a few good ones. Father Joe is also pretty good acted, he seems that he's sorry, but should have been more psychotic, that's my opinion, Billy Connolly was a victim of the c**p story. All the Russians were bull's excrement. The Russians don't have the technology! The Chinese do! Finished with the acting, let's get to the storyline. It sucked. Even more than Xzibit. I would've given it 5 stars, if Xzibit wasn't there, so with him in the film, not even 4 stars for the plot. There's barely something that you could call paranormal... Bleeding from the eyes? Bah... Psychic powers? That's chewed up already... Head transplant? That was fun for a minute, but where's the rest? At least the two-headed dog was fun, but didn't get enough screen time. Maybe all of the Xzibit's parts could go to the cool dawg...dog... They should at least have thrown in some aliens, doesn't matter where, couldn't make it any worse as it is. As mentioned, there was romance between Mulder and Scully. To much of it. Unnecessary and boring. That's all I have to say about it. Russian gay love story (including the body transplant) was kind of fun at moments, but nothing shocking or disturbing or at least a little bit scary as one would expect from X-files. Why should he transplant all of his body? It would be enough if he'd just get the vaginoplasty, just like Mr. Garrison did. The parallel story of Scully working in a hospital wasn't interesting either and barely had any connection with the main one. What was Mulder doing all that time? Growing beard? The snowy scenery was beautiful, the film well shot and cut. At least that was good about it. All in all the film was below my expectations (which were low before seeing it) and at least it's not better than the last Batman, which I've also seen, I kind of expected (hoped) that maybe it would be, as I certainly didn't like the Dark Knight, but that doesn't have any connection with the movie i'm commenting on. If you don't like church, go see it. If you don't like gay people, go see it. If you like gay people, go see it. If you like Sicko, go see it. If you like Saw, watch it again, don't waste time on this, it's similar, but not as direct, you won't like it. If you like Extreme Makeover, go see it. If you like Pimp my ride, stick to that. If you like X files, skip this film. Sorry for my English.

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