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Me of little faith

  • Jul 10, 2009
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I really wanted to know why another X Files movie got made.  The show had it's peaks and valleys towards the end.  It had a great movie shown during the original run and the finale to the show buttoned up a lot of issues.  Why another movie to reinvest in a show that jumped the shark so badly?  The show had sloppy consistancy at times, pandered to the audiences by selling out characters and milked out a lot with some real crap episodes towards the end.  I left X Files behind, had fun with it but moved on.

Then about six years later a NEW movie.  It was either see this mysterious new movie, or see Dark Knight a thrid time.  Sorry but my money went to watch the Joker again.

Finally seeing it, I don't feel I missed much but was surprised how entertaining it was.  The story was nice if rather bland.  It doesn't involve aliens but rather the regular monster of the week baddies with ooky goings on that the show provided.  They'res no real epic revelations or spectacles, just some really good shuffling around town of Mulder and Scully (mmmm, Scully) while they go about they're business.  The drama is nice and has some poignent moments that taps into the characters personalities.  At it's best though, it still feels like a two part episode that could have bridged seasons together.

An FBI Agent has gone missing and the Beurau has gotten in touch with an alleged psychic who claims that he can find the missing agent.  The FBI gets into contact with Scully who works at a Religous Hospital to get in touch with Mulder to assist in the investigation.  Mulder meanwhile has been toiling away and ultimately decides to help.  The psychic is a former Catholic preist who is get this: a pedophille! (aren't they all in Hollywood?)  His findings prove to be hit and miss with Mulder who regains in finding his zeal to pursue the investigation further with the preist and Scully distancing herself from the case to continue to help a sick boy whoes cure may lie in her crossing a line between her own faith and science.

Theres a lot of nice morality at play here in where your lines lie.  When your only connection to a case is a sick criminal how much faith do you put in and how far do you go?  When you become attached to something that you know is slipping away do you calmly let it go by or do you uncover a dark corner and find those "other" options? 

Duchovny and Anderson always had great charisma and time away from the show together hasn't diminished it at all.  The villians and they're sick motives are something that the show would have come up with and the movie on it's own works by filling in just about any blanks that we need if your a newcomer which was the original movie's greatest asset.  The first movies rainy street atmosphere is replaced with perpetual snowy days and it feels appropos.

In the end we have a nice little movie.  Nothing to knock your socks off with, nothing to reinvent the cinema world.  Nice and enclosed with things to talk about afterword.  The only thing I was left in disbelief was that I hadn't seen a movie, just a really good episode of a once great show.
Me of little faith

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July 10, 2009
I have to agree with you on everything you said here.  This was a fine film, but it did feel more like a long episode than it did a movie.  There were also points were I felt it was a bit slow, but I could live with it.  I do agree that the two actors chemistry did not diminish what so ever through the times.  If you enjoy comeback films, you might like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  I know it's not everyones favorite, but I enjoyed it a lot. 
July 10, 2009
Believe it or not, I was never a big Indy fan. I saw Raiders once and thought it was okay and a little of Temple of Doom. Both of Stallones comeback films of late I thought were terrific though.
 
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