2008-08-22 / Entertainment/Lifestyles


'The X-Files: I Want To Believe'
Review By Robert Snyder

'The X-Files: I Want To Believe' — Creepshow

Creepiness appears to have crept into movie franchises these days.

The Batman blockbuster hit, "The Dark Knight," is totally creeped out, thanks to the late Heath Ledger's seriously demented portrayal of the Joker.

Now, the newest addition to the TV show-turned-movie series, "The XFiles: I Want to Believe," takes skincrawling to a higher, or lower, level than prior productions, with FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating a caper dank enough to be in "The Silence of the Lambs."

Directed and co-written by "X-Files" creator, Chris Carter, "I Want to Believe" has the dubious, doubting duo tracking the path of disappearing colleagues into frozen climates, where the lead bloodhound is a pedophile priest, Father Joseph Crissman (Billy Connelly), who possesses psychic powers.

Does the FBI really rely on guys like this? Hollywood says, yes.

Scully is also a doctor, who's desperately fighting to save the life of a dying child. This storyline has little to do with the central plot, other than to show that she is a determined do-gooder, who would rather be in medicine than messing with wacky FBI stuff. In fact, both agents spend half the film's one hour and 44 minutes debating whether they want to believe in what they're doing in the movie at all. This may explain the film's title.

Finally, heads roll literally, as the trail leads to organ transplant thefts and a Frankenstein conspiracy. However, those expecting alien abductions as in the past will be disappointed. "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" keeps the actors firmly on earth, though in the creep zone. Check it out only if you are in dire need of an "X-Files" fix.

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