The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) - Ultimate X-Phile Edition

Genre(s): Drama / Mystery / Science Fiction
Fox || PG13 - 104 minutes - $34.98 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2008-12-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Chris Carter
Writer(s): Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter (written by)
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit, Mitch Pileggi


Theatrical Release Date: July 25, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Theatrical and Extended Cut
  • Feature Commentary
  • Can the X-Files Remain a Secret Documentary
  • Body Parts: Special Make-Up Effects
  • Gag Reel
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Galleries
  • PSA


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

One of the biggest and most popular sci-fi shows when I was growing up was undoubtedly “The X-Files”. I didn't pay too much attention to it because I avoided horror and sci-fi like the plague when I was little but this show was hard to escape. I watched the Simpsons religiously and as “The X-Files” was a big show for the Fox network, I often caught numerous glimpses of a very complex, intricate, and possibly scary show (to my young eyes anyway). I wish I was older when it was out now as it might've helped me to enjoy their latest film, X-Files: I Want to Believe more than I did.

The show was about Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), the believer and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the skeptic and how the two FBI agents were constantly investigating various "x-file" cases and general things that went bump in the night. I've also come to understand that the show eventually expanded into crazy conspiracy theories and weird mythology and such.

This movie, which takes place years after the show ended, features an bearded Mulder still obsessed with aliens and finding his sister and Scully (now a surgeon) and are both now lovers being called back into action by FBI agents played by Amanda Peet and (snort) Xzibit to track down an missing woman. So far all the agents have as a guide is a former child molesting psychic priest played by Billy Connelly. Yep, that's what I said. Go read that last sentence and try not to laugh.

How is it? Meh. Meh with a capital M. I think I watched maybe 4 episodes of the x-files out of its whole 100 plus run and all 4 kicked this movie's ass. Same goes for the first film, "Fight the future" which had the advantage of coming out during the show's creative peak.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of good to be had. Duchovny and Anderson can play these parts in their sleep and all of the acting is quite good. Creator Chris Carter is an excellent director and he and his fellow exec producer are decent writers and it shows in every scene related to the mythology of the series and to just progress the relationships between Mulder and Scully.

The suck-iness comes from the plot of this movie. The child molesting priest subplot is lousy, the villains are UTTERLY ridiculous and the biggest crime of all is the film is just kind of boring.

Overall, it's just okay. The constant boredom and lame plot are forgiven for material that is so fan-oriented that I don't get it but I admire the creator's dedication to their fan base. Worth a rental if you're an casual sci-fi fan like me and an essential bookend if you're an fan.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Theatrical and Extended Cut — Kicking it off you get an choice between what (few) saw in theatres and an extended director's cut. They're fairly interchangeable to me as I didn't see the movie in theatres.

Christ Carter: Statements on Green Production — “The X-File”'s creator talks about ways to keep a film production green. Okay, I agree with this but this feels like a pointless extra.

Body Parts: Special Makeup Effects — A short but surprisingly cool featurette about how fake dead bodies and prosthetics are made. I enjoyed it.

Gag Reel — The best gag reel I've ever seen. It's so crazy; they broke it up into sections. You've got the cell phone mistakes, the arguments, the tripping over things, it's all here. And it's long too! But in this case, that's a good thing.

Commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz — This is a good commentary and very informative. You'd think they invented water from the way the guys' talk but it's still an great listen.

Xzibit "Dying to live" Music Video — Not so much an video as it is an bunch of still photos from the movie set to an new Xzibit song. Skip it, and that's coming from an guy who owns an Xzibit CD or two.

Trailers and Still Galleries — I think this movie (average or not) would've made more dough if Fox would've put more into putting these trailers into heavier circulation but what do I know? I'm no movie exec... yet.

Public Service Announcement — Don't smoke kids.

Disc 2 is solely made up of the 3-part documentary:
Can the X-Files Remain a Secret is a comprehensive nearly 2 hour long documentary that takes you through every step of how the film is made. I got to tell you, this is better than the movie. It really makes this DVD set. In fact, the extras on this set are better than the movie. This doc is particularly high on how great the show used to be. You got to believe after watching this.

And although it didn’t come with this screener, a third disc contains a digital copy.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fox sends out watermarked screeners so I cannot accurately judge the video quality on this title at this time.

The DVD contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a snore with some decent material spliced in but the extras are X-traordinary (I've got bad puns! Wee!) and help save the set. It's a must for X-philes as far as the DVD set goes and it's worth a rental to anyone else. I'll tell you one thing, I'm officially an convert about the show. This has made me want to go buy the first couple of seasons of the show and go to town.