X-Files Fight the Future/I Want to Believe – Blu-ray Edition

Fight the Future directed by Rob Bowman:

Sometimes things that work well on the small screen do not translate to the big screen. The X-Files was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed television series of the 1990s, yet every time they have attempted to make a film from it has failed miserably. Not that the films are horrible, but the fans do not come to see it. Why? That is a question for the ages.

As the black sheep of the FBI Agents Mulder (David Duchovny – from television’s Californication) and Scully (Gillian Anderson – Playing By Heart, Closure) have been taken off the X-Files and placed on ‘real’ cases. That does not mean, however, that the dangerous conspiracies have ended…quite the opposite, actually. Even while doing typical FBI work, like locating a bomb in a Dallas building, Mulder continues to believe that the government is behind it all.

There seems to be some weird activity happening in Texas. A deadly virus, that – go figure – seems to be of alien origin, has come to Earth and threatens to destroy all of mankind. Of course, Scully and Mulder are called upon, with the help of Dr. Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau – City Hall, Ed Wood), to save the planet. The two agents find themselves up against a powerful international group called the Syndicate. The search for the truth leads Scully and Mulder from caves in Texas to the cold of Antarctica.

Maybe because The X-Files was all about the well-written ongoing storylines that it could not possibly work in a one off movie format. It’s almost as if they are trying to force some sort of closure on us and that does not work. They catered too much to the non-fans, which turned off many of the fans. Whatever the reason, even as a fan of the series I can understand why true fans were not flocking to the theatres to take in this film.

I Want to Believe directed by Chris Carter:

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.

Special Features:

-The X-Files Complete Interactive Timeline – featuring over 80 video clip segments from “The X-Files” archives
-Picture-in-picture commentary with Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
-The X-Files Dossier: Agent Dakota Whitney Files – create your own Special Agent avatar profile to browse through 5 “X-Files” case files on clairvoyance; users can also participate in several online forensic challenges with Agent Drummy
-Isolated Score track
-Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects featurette
-Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production featurette
-Deleted Scenes
-Gag Reel
-Music Slideshow – “Dying 2 Live” by Xzibit
-Theatrical Trailers
-Still Galleries
-Concept Art
-Unit Photography
-In-Movie Features via BD remote direct access:
-Real-time Index (Red Button)
-BonusView Commentary (Green Button)
-Behind The Camera (Blue Button)
-Storyboards and Concept Art (Yellow Button)

-BonusView picture-in-picture commentary with creator Chris Carter, director Rob Bowman, co-producer/writer Frank Spotnitz and producer Daniel Sackheim (separate audio commentary track also available)
-Blackwood: The Making of The X-Files: Fight the Future featurette in (HD)
-In-Movie Features via BD remote direct access
-Real-time Index (Red Button)
-BonusView Commentary (Green Button)
-Behind The Camera (Blue Button)
-Storyboards and Concept Art (Yellow Button)
-Visual Effects featurette (HD)
-Scoring featurette (HD)
-Gag Reel (HD)
-Alternate Bee Sting Scene (HD)
-Theatrical Trailers (HD)
-Still Galleries (HD)
-The Making Of The X-Files Movie

-Digital Copy

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