||X-Files: I Want to Believe
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Includes Both the Theatrical Version and Extended Cut of the Film
Audio Commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production Featurette
Body Parts: Special Makeup Effects Featurette
"Dying 2 Live" by Xzibit
Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Still Galleries and More!
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
French: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 104 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-team to unravel a bizarre case right out of The X-Files. In the blink of an eye, amidst a bone-chilling cold and an eerily deceptive calm, FBI agent Monica Bannan is mysteriously abducted. But this is not ordinary kidnapping. And not only does the search for the missing woman ignite sparks between partners Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), it defies the boundaries of science, the supernatural and the terrifying spaces in between!
There really are no fans like sci-fi fans - you can see them as devoted or rabid, but whichever side you come down on, if you're a part of the sci-fi universe, you know the level of loyalty the fans have. Chris Carter knows this, or at least he should. That's one of the veritable smorgasbord of things wrong with "X-Files: I Want To Believe" - aside from the lazy plot and total absence of every element that made "The X-Files" the addictive hour of TV it was - Carter, it seems, couldn't care less. And that's just a shame.
Six years (I think) since last we saw them, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) has been lured away from her gig at some Catholic hospital to try and convince Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to help the FBI find one of their missing agents. They figure it's right down Mulder's alley since their main break in the case comes from the defrocked pedophile psychic priest Father Joe (Billy Connolly). He goes, because it wouldn't really be much of an X-Files movie if he didn't, and it's all frozen body bits, pointless subplots, and wasted opportunities from there.
Two things elevated "The X-Files" into the phenomenon it used to be-creepy and creative stories and the relationship between Mulder and Scully. The plot in this installment into the X-canon wasn't even as interesting as some of the lesser episodes of the series, what with the convoluted "mystery" that was full of huge gaping holes and that other Scully subplot with stem cells that went absolutely nowhere. Connolly is actually a little freaky, but poor Amanda Peet, who seems destined to get stuck in annoying roles that feel pointlessly added on, is once again the pointlessly added on hot-for-Fox Agent Dakota Wheatley. And then, of course, there's Mulder and Scully. They're just not fun anymore. The banter is mostly gone, they seem weary of dealing with each other's quirks most of the time-and that's when they finally get to be on the screen together. Had this all been done by someone new to the mythos or unfamiliar with the rich history of the show (and even the other films), it might be understandable, but since series creator Carter both wrote and directed this overwrought, disappointing, utterly forgettable supposed final chapter, it's kind of unforgivable.
So, even though I really didn't like the film, the Special Features are really good. There's a Digital Copy of the film, the Extended Cut/Theatrical Version, and three deleted scenes. "The Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain A Secret?" documentary, found on Disc Two of the Special Edition, is way better than the movie itself and is surprisingly in-depth, as is the Audio Commentary from Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz (which makes me think maybe they DID care, they just didn't execute well). There's a featurette about environmentally sound filmmaking called "Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production, one about the makeup stuff called "Body Parts: Special Makeup Effects"; a pretty funny Gag Reel, "Dying 2 Live" music video by XZIBIT, Still Galleries, and two of the film's Trailers.
I was never a crazy "X-Files" fan-girl or anything, but I liked it a lot, and "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" seems to have taken all the parts I liked and hidden them far, far away. For fans, though, I gotta say that it's probably worth it to buy the DVD because the documentaries and Special Features are kinda nice to have.