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The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  25 July 2008 (USA)
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Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

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Cast

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Agent Mosley Drummy (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
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2nd Abductor - Janke Dacyshyn
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2nd Victim - Cheryl Cunningham
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Storyline

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully both worked at the FBI as partners, a bond between them that led to their becoming lovers. But now they're out of the FBI and have begun new careers. Scully works as a staff physician at a Catholic hospital. Her focus these days is on a young boy with an incurable brain disease. Administration wants to give up on him. Scully, who feels a special bond with the boy, does not. Meanwhile, Mulder's focus is on clipping newspaper articles, throwing pencils into his ceiling and writing about the paranormal. Scully and Mulder are brought together as partners again when a special case requires Mulder's expertise and Scully is prevailed upon to convince him to help. The case involves a pedophile priest who claims he is having psychic visions regarding the whereabouts of a missing FBI agent. Written by J. Spurlin

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To find the truth, you must believe. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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25 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The X Files 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£887,209 (UK) (1 August 2008)

Gross:

$20,981,633 (USA) (3 October 2008)
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Trivia

David Duchovny was not a fan of his (fake) beard. He found it itchy and if they were spending a long time on a scene under the hot studio lights, it would start to melt. See more »

Goofs

While Father Joesph is hospital, the heart monitoring equipment on him is place incorrectly. The black lead should be on his right shoulder not green as seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dana Scully: What is it that you were praying for in there, sir?
Father Joe: For the salvation of my immortal soul.
Dana Scully: And you think God hears your prayers?
Father Joe: You think he hears yours?
Dana Scully: I didn't bugger 37 altar boys.
Fox Mulder: Hmmm, that's a pleasant way of putting it.
Dana Scully: I have another word I could use, if you'd like.
Fox Mulder: I'm sure you do.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits run over images of ice, water and land, and finally we see Mulder and Scully in a small row boat off of a tropical beach. Scully in a bikini, Mulder rows, and they wave to the camera above. See more »

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Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

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Memories Child
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Written and Performed by Jamison Young
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(in Cheryl Cunningham's car)
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I can't point out anything bad, but nothing really stands out.
25 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think my title says it all. Really, I was entirely entertained the entire way through. I'm not going to give away the story because this film was marketed wonderfully. Going in, thanks to great marketing, you won't (shouldn't) know anything about the plot and this helps create a real sense of mystery. By now you know it has to do something with psychics but you really have no idea.

The writing, just like the show, is pitch perfect. The character development between Mulder and Scully is never off and they even introduce new characters. These characters aren't great (I suppose at times Xibit is kind of annoying) but they work pretty well to move the story along. This film also does something many movies have a hard time doing and thats creating sub plots that don't fall flat. There's a great sub plot involving a boy with a terrible disease, and its emotional and you never don't care about his fate even though it isn't the central focus of the story.

The acting is great. Duchovney and Anderson both flourish as the main characters while newcomers Amanda Peet and Xibit (is he trying to pull a Rock on us and change it to his birth name?) do their job admirably but never steal a scene from the real stars of the film.

I know I have a ton of great things to say about this movie and, yes, I loved it. I'd rank it among the greatest summer films this year (for those wondering Dark Knight and Iron Man both trump this). This is on par with how I felt about The Incredible Hulk, which I also loved. I just can't say that it's great and honestly I'm not sure what it is. Probably that it felt like a really epic episode.

This feels right at home in the series and it's a real relief to say that because it could've been good but not at home within the series.

I give this film a B.


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