X-Files I Want To Believe (Blu-ray)

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When a group of women are mysteriously abducted, it becomes a case right out of the X-Files. The best team for the job is ex-agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who have no desire to revisit their dark past. Still, the truth of these horrific crimes is out there somewhere...and it will take Mulder and Scully to find it!

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209389939
UPC 024543543787
UPC 14 00024543543787
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Duchovny,David
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Apparently the lamentable last season or two of The X-Files and the 1998 film Fight the Future wasn't insult enough to the show's legacy as a groundbreaking, mytho-poetic phenomenon. No, yet another film had to be made, some six years after the series ground to a halt, in order to further degrade one's memory of the once-respected pop culture totem. That film is The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and far from making believers out of the audience, it does everything possible to turn them into staunch realists...The mystery that Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz came up with to prod the listless plot along can't of course be explained here, but what can be said is that it's not only barely enough to hang an entire film on, it would barely sustain a mediocre, hour-long episode of the series. Of more interest to Carter and Spotnitz appears to be exploring the somewhat matured relationship between Scully and Mulder and examining the nature of faith, whether it's Scully's belief in God and her medical oath or Mulder's devotion to figuring out why things go bump in the night. The script dutifully trots out one leaden confrontation after another as the two characters stagger through their spiritual dilemmas in only the most blundering and obvious manner, saying things like, "This stubbornness of yours, it's why I fell in love with you." Meanwhile, the "mystery" of the missing agent and the psychic priest limps along, well after it becomes clear that the only mystery worth answering here is: Why did they bother?
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Reviewer Chris Barsanti
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review One would expect that the title of the second X-Files movie, I Want to Believe, reflects the hope of fans worldwide about this production. They want to believe that, even six years after the sell-by date has expired, these characters can still be relevant and showrunner Chris Carter still has worthwhile stories to tell. Sadly, such hope is misplaced. The X-Files: I Want to Believe is an exercise in mediocrity. It's curious how little of the TV series' charm and appeal can be found in this uneven, plodding excuse for a reunion. Rather than providing a springboard to a movie franchise, this film puts the final nail in The X-Files' coffin...The 1998 The X-Files movie, made at the height of the show's popularity, was an entertaining lark. Not being a big fan of the series, I didn't get all the in-jokes and side-references but, as science fiction films go, it was fun...I Want to Believe seems like it was made by another group for a different audience. As nothing more than another summer movie, I Want to Believe will be ill-accepted by viewers with little or no X-Files background; it's too derivative and generic to generate more than a shrug and an exclamation of "ho-hum." For X-Philes, the pleasure of re-connecting with old friends may not be enough to obscure how poorly those old friends are treated by the material. Aficionados of the TV show may want to believe, but after this movie, they'll have trouble keeping the faith.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Duchovny,David
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald I Want to Believe provides a welcome reminder of what made Carter's franchise a pop-culture gem.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Knowing nothing about "X-Files" is no impediment to appreciating this for the well-acted, adult piece of work that it is.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Billy Connolly, as a scurvy priest who may or may not be a visionary, steals the acting honors.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The movie works like thrillers used to work, before they were required to contain villains the size of buildings.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com Duchovny gives a nicely shaped performance...But the movie really belongs to Anderson.

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