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The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

PG-13  |   |  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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Agent Mosley Drummy (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
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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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Um die Wahrheit zu verstehen, musst du glauben. (To understand the truth, you have to 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)  »

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Box Office

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$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

The character named Franz Tomczeszyn has the same surname as costume designer Lisa Tomczeszyn. See more »

Goofs

While driving on a snow-covered road, Mulder collides with a truck equipped with a snow plow. His car's front headlight is visibly damaged. In the next scenes, the damage changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Assistant Director Walter Skinner: I know Mulder. He'd get to a phone and call first. He wouldn't do anything crazy.
[Scully stares at him]
Assistant Director Walter Skinner: Well, not *overly* crazy.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Ooh La La
Written by Deborah Poppink and Amy Roegler
Performed by Deborah Poppink
Courtesy of Deborah Poppink, by arrangement with Bug
(can be heard in Monica Bannan's car)
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Complex, dark and grim, with more questions than answers - but good
25 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this movie will not please casual theater-goers looking for mindless entertainment, exploding buildings and high speed car chases, it is an excellent and long-awaited episode in the classic X-Files television series. Fans of the series will enjoy it as an extended "monster of the week" episode, but people who aren't familiar with the show can still enjoy this work on its own merits - though only if they're prepared to go a bit outside their comfort zone. There is nothing comforting or even comfortable about this movie.

In grand X-Files tradition, the movie raises as many questions as it answers, and it asks some very disturbing and thought provoking questions. Can God truly speak for good through a disgraced and defrocked priest? Does his counsel actually save a sick child, or only cause needless suffering? Is the advice meant to apply to Scully's situation at all, or Mulder's, or to both of them? As usual, the answers are left for the fans to think about. And it does make you think. That apparently isn't an easy or comfortable exercise for critics, which is unfortunate as I think many of the negative reviews have entirely missed the point.

Mulder and Scully are unrelieved grim and gloomy throughout, preoccupied with the sad and sometimes truly horrific events happening all around them. This shouldn't surprise X-Files fans any, but it was undoubtedly a factor in the critics panning the movie. As always, Mulder and Scully can still depend on each other, though the tensions between them threaten to pull them apart. I would have liked to see even a few brief moments of Scully's satisfaction at accomplishing something for good with her current situation, but even that was denied in favor of a despairing vision of the darkness surrounding them. In fairness, there is a ray of light at the end of that tunnel, though it takes quite awhile for the movie to get there.

The only really atrocious flaw I found in the movie was having a presumably highly skilled professional sit down to research a complex and advanced operation on Google the night before performing it. Granted, showing Google is big screen shorthand for "this person is doing research online", but that's definitely the wrong place to do it.

This said, the movie was greatly enjoyable. It was a thinker's movie, a cop crime drama with a gritty real-world feel that asks uncomfortable and provoking questions about the nature of God and man. It would make an excellent book with some real literary merit, which is not something that can be said about very many movies. I give it a big thumbs-up and recommend it to people who want some serious thinking with their crime drama.


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