X-Files: I Want To Believe

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly. Sci-fi/mystery/thriller. Written by Chris C. Carter, Frank Spotnitz. Directed by Chris C. Carter.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Mulder is a hermit now, ashamed of the FBI and obsessing over his dead sister. Scully is now a brain surgeon (huh?) who has distanced herself from Mulder and the FBI. But when the FBI decides they need him again, shes the one doing the calling. Its that kind of logic that masked itself as cult-status television entertainment. But I digress.

This new case has to do with missing women who are being kept in dog cages while some mad Russians attempt to use female body parts to keep a cancer-riddled (male) colleague alive. (Im kind of envious. I dont think any of my associates would show such devotion. And if they did, Id just as soon have same-sex body parts. I mean, I really like womens legs but on women.) So, the dynamic phenomenon trackers aid the FBI and a pedophile priest (priests dont get much of a break in the movies these days) who claims to be psychic, in hunting down Dr. Frankenstein and his mad minions. Along the way theres lots of brooding on Mulders part, lots of brow furrowing on Scullys. But I digress, again. Sorry, I guess the movies convoluted storyline is still affecting me.

So, its obvious, Mulder and Scully still love each other. Even though she has to get back to the hospital, because a dying kid needs a brain operation that evidently only she can do, as soon as shes done with the first stage of the medical procedure (after being reassured by the kid not to be afraid, and after the pedophile priest gives her a fortune cookie pronouncement, Dont give up,), she quickly rushes out to find Mulder (do these two have first names?). Hes taken her car and is following a minion when suddenly the minion pushes Mulder (and Scullys car) over a cliff with a snowplow. Will he be okay?

Near the finale, the good guys find the warehouse amid the frozen tundra where one of the victims is about to sacrifice her head to the cause of rebuilding the dying mad Russian. I kid you not. Theyve got the chick submerged in icy water and are preparing to cut off her head. Theyve already taken the patients head off. Its eyeing the activity from the corner, with wires sticking out of the skull. So, next, oh, I give up.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Did you know they already made an X-Files film back in 1998? I didnt. And it turns out, I reviewed it! Thats how memorable it was. Well, this one is fairly stimulating, the pacing and direction both involving. But at some point the Twin Peaks-like quirky eeriness suddenly becomes a cross between silly and demonic.

Although there are religious themes incorporated into the storyline, they arent meant so much thought-provoking as accusatory. (How can God allow a child to become sick? How can He allow a man of God to become a child predator? And Gods minions are just as bad as the bad guy minions in this film. A priest in charge of a Catholic hospital, for instance, shows no compassion for the boy in need of an operation. Boo, hiss.) Oh, and by the way, we quickly learn of the filmmakers opinion of George Bush and J. Edgar Hoover. Guess. No, really, guess.

I cant say that it isnt well made. I suppose it is. I just couldnt find any purpose for it. It slams the Catholic church. Thats already been done to death. Saw and Hostel already have the kidnapped people in gruesome peril theme cornered. And does anybody still care if Mulder and Scully get together? Well, well find out after opening weekend.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: A few minor expletives and one or two uses of the s-word.

Profanity: The startled female lead utters Jesus name and a couple of oh my Gods.

Violence: Gruesome themes, including dismemberment we see a severed arm, a detached head in a bag, one on a plate and a young woman submerged in ice water is about to have her head cut off; car crashes, fist fights and a woman is pushed off a building to her death; dog attack we hear more than we see; head surgery on a child not overly graphic. Blood: Some blood you know you detach a head and theres bound to be some vital fluid splashed about.

Sex: The leads are seen in bed.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Some themes can be perceived as anti-religion.

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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