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David Duchovny
Gillian Anderson
Martin Landau
Mitch Pileggi
William B. Davis
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Blythe Danner
John Neville
Terry O'Quinn
Lucas Black

Rob Bowman



Time: 121 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction/Action

The big question on everyone's mind is will the X-FILES work on the big screen. The answer: of course. It's produced, directed, written and acted by the same people who do the series so how could it not be good. The second part to the question is will people who have never seen the show be confused by what goes on in the movie? Again the answer is of course. They've just joined the club. I've watched the X-FILES faithfully since the first Friday night it hit the airwaves (yes, it used to be on Friday), and I'm confused about what goes on about 90% of the time when it comes to the "mythology" of this story. That's just part of what makes the series one of the best on television.

Does that mean it can't make a good movie? Well, maybe. Most people like resolution when they go to the theater and you're certainly not going to get that here. You will get a witty, intelligent, scary, gross and extremely paranoid good time. Does it work all the way through? No, but most films don't. For me, it was wonderful to see my old friends Mulder and Scully fighting for the future of the human race on the big screen. Did longtime fans get answers? Some. But we were also introduced to a very disconcerting new picture that makes me very excited about Season Six.

I have no way to judge if this film can stand on its own since I know the backstory and can fill in the gaps. We've been told there was a global conspiracy with extraterrestrial beings for the domination of the human race. The Syndicate, a group of wealthy, high-powered men from around the globe who answer only to the aliens, has had knowledge of the colonization scheme for 50 years. They pretend to be working with the aliens, however, they have secretly been developing a vaccine against the "black oil" virus that will stop the aliens from taking over the planet. That said, Mulder and Scully get dragged into the scenario when they discover that 4 people who were supposedly killed in a terrorist bombing were long dead by the time of the explosion – killed in a nasty, disgusting way Scully could not identify. With help from his latest "deep throat" (a role no one has for long), played by Martin Landau, they wind up in the middle of "nowhere", Texas at a facility they shouldn't be seeing.

"Five years together Scully, how many times I been wrong? Never. Not driving, anyway."

This experiment, fields of corn and giant beehives, is nothing new to TV viewers, except now there's an explanation...of sorts. Apparently the bees are infected with the alien virus, they pollinate the corn, the aliens make things with the corn, infect people, use them as hosts for their new species, yada, yada, yada. I don't want to say much more about the plot because it'll ruin it for you. Needless to say, Scully's life is on the line, Mulder gets help from an unexpected source, and races to an out of the way facility to save her. Of course, he sees more than he should (as we all do but that doesn't make it any easier to understand), and they retreive just enough evidence to not be thrown out of the FBI as complete loonies. In this case, the evidence is also substantial enough to get the X-Files reopened...again. If it wasn't there'd be no Season Six.

The only major difference between the show and the movie was in the special effects, which were a lot more sophisticated than the weekly show budget allows. Their clothes were more fashionable too, but hey, this is the big time. Why not pull out all the stops. The effects were great, but nothing so different from the show as to be out of place. The film focuses on the relationship of its characters, which is exactly what the focus of every film should be. The effects just help illuminate the story. It is a well-crafted film from every angle. All in all, a nice piece of cinema.

If you don't watch the show, you should. It's what all television should strive to be. Though not always spectacular, there's a consistent quality there most other shows never see. Start with the film. Get your feet wet. I don't think you'll be disappointed. And if you just can't wait for fall, the show is in syndication on the FX Channel.

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