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The action and tension are stronger than the logical flaws

  • Feb 18, 2010
While the story has a great deal of exciting action and suspense, there are some serious logical holes that severely challenge your ability to suspend your disbelief. Furthermore, in true X-files tradition while some of the uncertainties in the series are resolved, many others are interjected, clearly laying the groundwork for a sequel.
It all begins with a boy in Texas falling into a natural hole in the ground. He is initially uninjured, finding a skull and then being exposed to a deadly and ancient virus extraterrestrial in origin. When the firefighters respond and try to rescue him, they too are infected and the mysterious federal agents are brought in. The bodies are transported to a federal building and Scully and Mulder enter when there is a bomb threat at that location. Mulder discovers the bomb but is puzzled when he is ordered to leave the building by the bomb disposal expert. The viewer is baffled when the "expert" simply sits there until the bomb explodes.
The virus infects humans and causes a violent alien to grow inside their body, much like the movies in the "Alien(s)" series. It is part of a plan by aliens to colonize the Earth and the mysterious Syndicate with the cigarette-smoking man is involved. This group will kill anyone, including a member of their group, in order to keep their secret safe. This points out the greatest logical flaw of the series and this movie. If the members of the mysterious Syndicate were willing to blow up public buildings in a major city and kill one of their own, why would they ever hesitate to kill Mulder?
Other flaws include the power of the vaccine to destroy the entire facility in Antarctica, the mysterious space ship that rises from the ice and how Scully and Mulder manage to survive when marooned in Antarctica with little in the way of winter clothing and no food, water or means of shelter. Had there been more resolution of these flaws, the movie would have been stronger.
Nevertheless, the tension and action are strong enough to overcome most of the power of the flaws, making this a movie that you can enjoy as long as you don't think too hard about the weaknesses.

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From its Fox Network debut on September 10, 1993, to its finale on May 19, 2002, the weekly 60-minute sci-fi drama The X-Files endeavored to prove that "the truth is out there." The series' title refers to those FBI files dealing with cases of paranormal and other otherwise unexplainable phenomena -- UFO sightings, alien abductions, genetic experimentation, possessions, telekinesis, and the like. Investigating the X-Files are agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Notorious within FBI circles as a maverick and iconoclast, the Oxford-educated Mulder made it his personal mission in life to prove that there were more things in Heaven and on Earth than were dreamt of in our philosophy. For him, it was very personal: his own sister had been abducted by extraterrestrials some 20 years earlier. His more skeptical partner, medical doctor Scully, was assigned to curb Mulder's more "fanciful" theories and to seek logical explanations to the phenomena at hand. (Ironically, in real life, actor David Duchovny doubted the existence of space aliens, while Gillian Anderson confessed to being a "true believer.") As the series progressed, Scully became more convinced that there were indeed paranormal forces beyond her ken; conversely, Mulder began to concede that Scully could be right once in a while, and tried to prove that humans, rather than aliens, were responsible for selected phenomena. Each successive season of The ...
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