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X-Files movie pretty decent

Shauna Farnell
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” You’d better believe that the new “X-Files” movie has all the components we diehards always loved about the TV series.

Well, except for all of that deliciously unrequited sexual tension between Mulder and Scully. Sadly, that was consummated years ago. But “X-Files: I Want to Believe” has action and suspense. It has that brilliant and exotic fusion of drama and subtlety and, of course, the telltale element of things that go unexplained.

Maybe this is why those of us who were so smitten with “The X-Files” always get sucked back in whenever there’s an opportunity ” five years after the show’s heyday … maybe 10. It doesn’t matter. We’re always at the edge of our seats waiting for the big explanation.

But if we ever got one, it just wouldn’t be The X-Files.

“I Want to Believe” will not disappoint in this respect. And, despite largely nonplussed feedback and very little publicity, at least one of us long-standing fans thought it was pretty good.

Although it must be noted that the film reared its head as an underdog and with very bad timing. Coming out on the coat tails of Batman? Seriously. But if you’ve already seen “Dark Knight” a number of times (you should) and you’re interested in other movies that conjure up bold studies of good and evil, higher powers, human unity and mystical forces of the universe, give “X-Files” a try.

The film begins with an FBI crew trudging through the snow following a self-proclaimed psychic who also happens to be a former priest and convicted pedophile. The man, a grizzly and ambiguously good guy/bad guy (as “X-Files” characters go), unearths a severed arm in the frozen tundra.

The FBI agents are seeking clues leading them to one of their agents, who has gone missing. Classic.

Although neither Fox Mulder nor Dana Scully are members of the bureau anymore, their expertise is desired for this perplexing case. The arm found does not belong to the missing agent and the FBI can’t figure out a link to all the oddity. Mulder and Scully, if you please.

And they’re off! Just like old times. Only, there are the usual complexities to the pair’s conflicting dynamics. For one thing, Scully is a doctor now, and prefers to put the majority of her energy into her new profession, and Mulder just can’t stay away from a potential rescue that could offer insight into unconventional wisdom.

What’s not very clear is how Mulder has paid his bills all these years, since his parting with the FBI.

Maybe he just lives in the woods, growing his beard and collecting royalties. At any rate, he and Scully are still (to put it lightly) in touch, and it is Scully who sends Mulder to help out with the missing FBI agent/severed arm case.

Scully, still the skeptic, has other things to think about. She’s trying to save a young patient who has a rare and incurable brain disease. Not to give anything away, but as is custom of ingenious “X-Files” writer/director Chris Carter, this all ties in to the case somehow.

Carter and the other filmmakers did a successful job of making the film feel just like one of the favorite, stand-alone TV episodes. Fellow X-Philes … you gotta love it. And the rest of you might be pleasantly surprised, though darkly, because “The X-Files” ain’t ever been no ray of sunshine.

In all the dark mystery, though, there’s some ray of… if not hope, then something shiny. It could be a spaceship. Could be scalpel. Could be a flashlight. It may be one big conspiracy.

We may just never know.

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