Ten years ago in 1998, X-Files: Fight the Future was released at a time when the cult television classic X-Files was on the downward slope of its stellar run. Now it's 2008 and X-Files: I Want to Believe seems like to continue the limited success of the X-Files franchise on the big screen.
Being an X-Phile, the movie defied my expectations of having a story solely focused on extra-terrestrials. What X-Files: I Want to Believe brings to the table is a bit of everything that made the X-Files such a great television series. At the heart of the film is a nice procedural thriller that tackles on contemporary issues with a sci-fi slant.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, but this time no longer agents but grizzled ex-FBI folks helping the agency solve a case. The movie deals with the difficulty of the characters to get back into the game, and their resolve and motivations being subjected through a wringer. One good thing about the movie is that it makes the romance between Mulder and Scully, a source of romantic tension during the TV series run, explicit.
The knock with this film is that it seems too dull for a full-length feature film (even Amanda Peet's addition did not make any impact) and the chemisr between the Mulder and Scully seems to have been eroded by time. It really feels like an X-Files TV Special.
But over-all, X-Files: I Want to Believe still captures what was best about the X-Files: sci-fi and weird themes. The movie definitely made me miss the TV classic.