'X-Files' almost makes you believe
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#2 Jul 25, 2008
As a self-professed X-Phile, I saw this movie today and loved it. But I too thought that Amanda Peet's performance was less than stellar. And what about Xzibit's performance? He appeared stiff and uncomfortable the entire time. They should have given him a better role or cast someone else.
#3 Jul 25, 2008
I saw this movie today and also loved it. One of the great things about it is that they didn't take characters we hadn't see for six years and try to make them fit the mold they fit the last time we saw them. People grow and change, even as adults. I think that is one of the things that many people will have a hard time reconciling because everybody wants to see the same Mulder and Scully from the series. As much as I loved that dynamic, I would have totally called boring and unimaginative on it if they'd gone back to that.
My biggest complaint - really my only complaint - is that it seemed like Mark Snow forgot what the X-Files was supposed to sound like. Other than that it was different, but I think in a good way. I really hope this does well enough to get a sequel in the works.
#4 Jul 26, 2008
I didn't want to believe, and boy, Chris Carter sure didn't disappoint with this whimper of a return for two characters and a premise that started with such promise. For the better part of 7 of 9 seasons, CC & company managed to coax me into suspending all rationality for the purposes of entertainment through crisp dialog and at least a modicum of hard science underpinning a true scifi twist of plot.
I'm not sure what I would classify this genre-less pseudo-effort at entertainment. It was an un-horror, barely paranormal, plot-absent possible homage to CC's perhaps favorite episodes of the series? He liked hacking off limbs (remember Mulder's hellish nightmare in Kill Switch - and of course who could forget Krycek's misfortune in Russia?). He apparently enjoyed his episodic psychic characters (Clyde Bruckman et. al.) Again, bringing Russians into the fray is reminiscent of Krycek (ah what Nick Lea could've brought to this movie!) And excuse me for having traipsed the hallways of many a Catholic hospital in the past 20 years, but have never been in one so dark-circa-1935! Hospital administrators do not have the authority to review medical records at will (it's this little thing we in the biz call HIPPA - and what the hell was the point of that sub-plot other than to decimate 9 years of having Scully's devout faith systematically dismantled?)
I felt badly for the actors... all of them. After sitting through this lame attempt to recreate the eerie awe that once shrouded the X-Files, I realized that they did the best they could under the circumstances - bad script and poor direction. True fans of the X-Files would be better off not seeing the film. Honestly, the episodes of the first six seasons provide far more entertainment and "scare" than this movie could ever muster.
As for Mr. Carter? Perhaps he would be better served in future efforts by going back to the drawing board and creating something new. If I want nostalgia, I'll pull out my 9 season collection of the series on DVD.
#5 Jul 26, 2008
A real Skeptic,
Sir, you have hit the nail on the head.
You are the first person I have seen, in any thread, that has the same opinion as myself. This movie lacked everything that the old tv series gave us. I was hoping for more, as the movie progressed, but sadly it never delivered.
I truly can't understand why so many fans think this a great film? Maybe the old adage is correct..."to a starving man a cracker is a gourmet meal." I think these hard core fans are so desperate for anyhting with the X-Files logo on it, they'll eat anything that is thrown in front of them, and lap it up with a smile on their faces?
I have to keep an eye on this movie to see how fast the movie theaters dump it, how much it made at the box office, and how fast it goes to DVD
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