The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery

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Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.




  • Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
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  • Amanda Peet at an event for The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
  • Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
  • Amanda Peet at an event for The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

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Chris Carter


Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter, Chris Carter (television series "The X-Files")

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25 July 2008 | kimberly_ann
| Not as bad as people are making it out to be
Honestly, I thought this was a good film. I'll even go so far as to say a great film. I really think that Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson delivered what they had promised to. All along, throughout the post-production and press campaign we've been told that this is a creepy story with Mulder and Scully's relationship at its core. Well, that's what it is ... plain and simple. I really think that all the negativity and people's harsh reviews are from false and hyped up expectations of what this movie is supposed to be. If anything, you should just try to walk into the theatre with an open mind.

But I almost think some people who reviewed this film, saw a different film than I did ...

1. I read a review in which the person said Gillian Anderson's acting was awful. That is false. It is quite the contrary. Gillian Anderson is probably one of the strongest aspects of this movie. Every time she's in a scene, you're captivated.

2. I had read that Mulder and Scully don't show up in the film until 45 minutes into it. False. Scully appears in the 3rd scene - so what? no more than 7 minutes? - and Mulder directly follows.

3. Someone complained about an irrelevant and torturously long scene where Mulder fills up his gas tank. This doesn't happen. He goes to a gas station, gets out of his car, and goes into a store.

4. Lastly, it was rumored that the actors where flubbing up their lines all the time. Okay, even if they did, that wouldn't end up in the final film. Obviously they do multiple takes for a reason. The lines are solid.

This movie is not boring. The surprises are there. It may not be scary in a 'horror film' sort of way where things are jumping out at you every 2 seconds, but it is scary. The acting is amazing. Gillian Anderson on her own is a joy to watch, but when you put her in a scene with David it's either going to break your heart or melt it. The supporting cast won't let you down, and neither will the storyline. It's not paranormal in the sense of freaks and monsters, but religion and God. It's very much in the fashion of "All Things"; seeing the signs and following them. Finally, it is just excellently put together. Whoever edited this film did a phenomenal job! The inter-cutting and juxtaposition was out of this world.


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Did You Know?


The character named Franz Tomczeszyn has the same surname as costume designer Lisa Tomczeszyn.


Dana Scully: What are you doing?
Fox Mulder: I'm trying to ignore you.


When Mulder finds the snowplow truck on the side of the road, and looks inside for the tire iron, the snowplow's roof lights are on. When Mulder walks away from the snowplow in the next shot, the roof lights are off. When Mulder comes across Dacyshyn's abandoned truck, it appears as though the roof lights go from off to on to off again; however, while difficult to tell, the shots at the beginning and end of the scene, in which Mulder is shown approaching and walking away from the truck from a distance, are from behind the truck, so the lights wouldn't necessarily be visible, as they're pointed toward the front of the truck. The initial, close-up shot of him walking away is shown from the front of the truck, hence why the lights can be seen.

Crazy Credits

The end credits contain a dedication to Randy Stone who died from heart disease at age 48 in February 2007. He was head of casting at 20th Century Fox Television, was responsible for casting David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files (1993), and worked in casting throughout the run of the series.

Alternate Versions

The DVD release includes a "Director's Cut" of the film, which runs about 4 minutes longer. According to David Duchovny, this version includes some more graphic / disturbing scenes that Chris Carter did not use in order to avoid an R-Rating.


The X-Files Theme (UNKLE Remix)
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Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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