The X-Files: I Want to Believe

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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Chris Carter (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Chris Carter, the creator of the original TV series, is behind the camera for this second film spin-off, which comes a full ten years after the first big-screen adaptation. So you'd want to believe it was worth the wait. Sadly, legions of X-Files fans will more likely be dispirited. It's less fast-paced thriller, more plodding melodrama as former FBI spooks Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) become distracted from their investigation of the mysterious abduction of a young agent and grapple with their own personal demons. Billy Connolly provides the only real intrigue as a psychic paedophile priest who has visions of the crime. However, conspiracy-philes will be most disappointed by the fact that Mulder and Scully don't have a sinister system to pit their wits against. Instead of a Cigarette-Smoking Man, there's a pen-pushing vicar (Adam Godley) and, soon enough, the dynamic duo are bickering about their relationship. Compared to the TV series, it all feels so small.


Paranormal investigators Mulder and Scully return to the FBI after years in hiding to assist in the search for several missing women. The investigation leads them to a former priest, who claims to have psychic visions of the victims, and a long-forgotten case involving sinister experiments. Second movie based on the sci-fi series, starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Billy Connolly.

Cast & Crew

Fox Mulder David Duchovny
Dana Scully Gillian Anderson
ASAC Dakota Whitney Amanda Peet
Father Joseph Crissman Billy Connolly
Janke Dacyshyn Callum Keith Rennie
Agent Mosley Drummy Xzibit
Father Ybarra Adam Godley
Gaunt man Alex Diakun
2nd victim Nicki Aycox
Franz Tomczeszyn Fagin Woodcock
Director Chris Carter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Aug 2008