The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) – Movie Review

"The X-Files: I Want to Believe", the sequel to the 1998 The X-Files brings back David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Fox Mulder and Special Agent Dana Scully respectively.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in "The X-Files: I Want to Believe"
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in "The X-Files: I Want to Believe"

Even though The X-Files: I Want to Believe is slated as the sequel to the 1998 film, it is easily a standalone movie, despite the relations to the TV series. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is a doctor and is no longer an agent. However, Agent Mosley Drummy (Xzibit) finds her in the hospital in order to have her find Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to assist the FBI to find a lost agent. Back at home, Scully persuades an unshaven Mulder to help the FBI since the FBI will put the case against Mulder behind if he is willing to help. Though Mulder is hesitant at first, he decides to help at last.

The entire movie is about searching for the lost FBI agent who is kidnapped by some Russian mobs. Disappointingly, there is no alien involvement in the movie. Amanda Peet plays Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dakota Whitney in the movie and she is easily overshadowed by the existence of Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully despite the little involvement the latter has. Most of the time, Scully plays a surgeon and her objective is to save her patient while Mulder uncovers the mystery behind the crime.

Mulder believes Father Joseph Crissman who is a psychic as well as a convicted paedophile of seven children. On the other hand, Scully has high doubt on what the Father says and so do the rest of the FBI including Agent Mosley Drummy.

Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) makes a surprise appearance in the end when Scully has no one to turn to. Skinner and Scully help save Mulder and the three of them manage to solve the case of the missing FBI agent.

Overall, I want to believe the movie can be a lot better, but that’s not the truth. Sadly, I believe even The X-Files fan will feel truly disappointed at the movie — mundane plot, predictable scenes and nothing suspenseful.

My ratings: 4 out of 10.