The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Review: The X-Files: I Want to Believe

17 Oct 12

Good if you know what to expect.

A lot of viewers seem to think this would somehow be a cross between 'Avatar' and 'Godfather', when it was no secret it was essentially a "Monster of the Week super episode" on a small budget. (US$25-30m.)

It looks great, like a return to the Vancouver days of the show, and with first-rate performances from Anderson, Duchovny and Connolly. The story is as interesting as a typical X-File, although not one of their best by any means.

One of the major areas to cop criticism is the very Politically Incorrect motivation of the antagonists. I won't say more, lest I risk giving anything away, but the fact is a certain group of people were always going to pan this movie because of it.

If being PC is very important to you, and/or you are a member of that certain group and have a dangerously fragile ego, then 'The X-Files: I Want to Believe' is not for you.

Most viewers will come away satisfied so long as they go in with the understanding that this flick was never intended to be anything other than a tightly-made little sci-fi/paranormal/thriller, with great production values and excellent performances.

Four out of five stars. (One removed because of the casting of a rapper as an FBI agent. Hollywood's recent "Let's Cast A Rapper!" fad must die! Die! DIE!)