There isn’t much to say about The X-Files: I want to Believe (2008).
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully. Despite undeniable chemistry, their relationship is as confused as ever. Fresh off the failure of the terrific Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the always enjoyable Amanda Peet gives a passably respectable performance as an FBI agent.
Unlike the first X-Files movie (The X-Files: Resist or Serve (2004)), there are no aliens of any kind. Instead, this one takes the viewer down the paranormal X-Files track. A convicted child molester priest (played by Billy Connolly) uses his visions to help the FBI track down a missing agent. Without spoiling anything, I found the resolution to the mystery to be preposterous.
But for the chance to hang out with a buddy I hadn’t seen in awhile I never would have wasted my time with this movie. Disappointed by the first X-Files movie, I didn’t “want to believe”, and was vindicated in that view. There are any number of TV episodes that were better than this movie.
If you enjoyed the TV series, you’ll probably enjoy the movie when it reaches the rental window. If you are not a fan, my recommendation is to wait for it to come out on TV or skip it altogether.