Whereas the first big screen installment of this very popular sci-fi television series was consciously made as a large production feature length film, the second film seems to have been produced as a 2 hour long television episode. It just has that feel to it. It stays very true to the series. There is nothing fancy about it and fans of the series will feel very at home with "I Want to Believe".
That being said this still was a failure at the box office. I'm not going to go over the possible reasons why here. Just let it be said that I think it is clear to everyone now that the fans of the series don't want to go to the theatre to watch their favourite FBI agents in action. Their couches are the furthest they will venture.
Former FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson – How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, The House of Mirth) is now a full-time doctor while her former partner, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny – from television's Californication), is living in seclusion and being sought after by the Bureau. The X-Files seem dead until…
Mulder and Scully are called back into active duty when an agent goes missing and a former priest, Father Joseph Crissman (Billy Connolly – Open Season, The Last Samurai), claims to be having visions about the whereabouts of the agent. The initial search he has led turns up a limb, so people start listening.
Lead investigator Agent Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet – Syriana, The Whole Ten Yards) remembers the success the duo had with previous non-typical cases so calls on them for help. Scully is hesitant as she has moved on, but is pulled back in due to Mulder's exhuberance.
This film is not related to the alien theme of the show; it has a stand-alone story. Maybe because of that the real fans were disappointed as they have been yearning for years for more alien stuff. Who knows?! It does have that creepy vibe that the series was famous for. There always seems to be darkness around Scully and Mulder.
Despite this I could watch Duchovny and Anderson all day long. They have a type of chemistry together that can't be faked. No matter their time apart or where the characters find themselves the two actors bring a believability and an understanding to them that will have you addicted. There are several intimate scenes between the two in the film that alone are worth the price of admission.
-Go to Extended Cut
– Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects featurette
-Public Service Announcement – Bubbles
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