The X Files: I Want to Believe

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Still of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to BelieveStill of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to BelieveFrank Miller at event of The X Files: I Want to BelieveStill of Gillian Anderson in The X Files: I Want to BelieveStill of David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to BelieveStill of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files: I Want to Believe

Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (45,452 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Chris Carter

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully both worked at the FBI as partners, a bond between them that led to their becoming lovers. But now they're out of the FBI and have begun new careers. Scully works as a staff physician at a Catholic hospital. Her focus these days is on a young boy with an incurable brain disease. Administration wants to give up on him. Scully, who feels a special bond with the boy, does not. Meanwhile, Mulder's focus is on clipping newspaper articles, throwing pencils into his ceiling and writing about the paranormal. Scully and Mulder are brought together as partners again when a special case requires Mulder's expertise and Scully is prevailed upon to convince him to help. The case involves a pedophile priest who claims he is having psychic visions regarding the whereabouts of a missing FBI agent.

Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter

David Duchovny - Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully
Amanda Peet - ASAC Dakota Whitney
Billy Connolly - Father Joseph Crissman
Xzibit - Agent Mosley Drummy (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
Mitch Pileggi - Walter Skinner
Callum Keith Rennie - 2nd Abductor - Janke Dacyshyn
Adam Godley - Father Ybarra
Alex Diakun - Gaunt Man
Nicki Aycox - 2nd Victim - Cheryl Cunningham
Fagin Woodcock - 1st Abductor - Franz Tomczeszyn
Marco Niccoli - Christian Fearon
Carrie Ruscheinsky - Margaret Fearon
Spencer Maybee - Blair Fearon
Veronika Hadrava - Female Assistant

Taglines: Believe Again


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | 20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 25 July 2008

Filming Locations: 10112 208 St, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,021,753 (USA) (27 July 2008) (3185 Screens)

Gross: $68,369,434 (Worldwide) (29 March 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

When Scully first visits Mulder in his rural home, Mulder is tacking up a story titled "Princeton closes ESP Lab after 40 years of paranormal study" This refers to a real-life event. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research facility (PEAR) closed in 2007 after school administrators felt continued funding was unjustified. The lab's original mission was to investigate possible phenomena for the defense industry, such as if the minor electrical field present in the human body could interfere with sensitive electrical equipment when the body was placed under extreme stress (ex. a fighter pilot involved in a dogfight causing his controls to malfunction). While the lab failed to provide conclusive evidence that such things could happen, large-scale experiments showed a statistically detectable influence. Other PEAR experiments included such things as remote perception.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Dacyshyn and the surgeon speak Russian, they switch between the familiar you (ty) and formal you (vy). Russians would never do that.

[last lines]
Assisting Nurse: Are you ready to begin?... Uh, Dr. Scully?
Dana Scully: ...Yes.

User Review

Not as bad as people are making it out to be

Rating: 8/10

Honestly, I thought this was a good film. I'll even go so far as to say a great film. I really think that Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson delivered what they had promised to. All along, throughout the post-production and press campaign we've been told that this is a creepy story with Mulder and Scully's relationship at its core. Well, that's what it is ... plain and simple. I really think that all the negativity and people's harsh reviews are from false and hyped up expectations of what this movie is supposed to be. If anything, you should just try to walk into the theatre with an open mind.

But I almost think some people who reviewed this film, saw a different film than I did ...

1. I read a review in which the person said Gillian Anderson's acting was awful. That is false. It is quite the contrary. Gillian Anderson is probably one of the strongest aspects of this movie. Every time she's in a scene, you're captivated.

2. I had read that Mulder and Scully don't show up in the film until 45 minutes into it. False. Scully appears in the 3rd scene - so what? no more than 7 minutes? - and Mulder directly follows.

3. Someone complained about an irrelevant and torturously long scene where Mulder fills up his gas tank. This doesn't happen. He goes to a gas station, gets out of his car, and goes into a store.

4. Lastly, it was rumored that the actors where flubbing up their lines all the time. Okay, even if they did, that wouldn't end up in the final film. Obviously they do multiple takes for a reason. The lines are solid.

This movie is not boring. The surprises are there. It may not be scary in a 'horror film' sort of way where things are jumping out at you every 2 seconds, but it is scary. The acting is amazing. Gillian Anderson on her own is a joy to watch, but when you put her in a scene with David it's either going to break your heart or melt it. The supporting cast won't let you down, and neither will the storyline. It's not paranormal in the sense of freaks and monsters, but religion and God. It's very much in the fashion of "All Things"; seeing the signs and following them. Finally, it is just excellently put together. Whoever edited this film did a phenomenal job! The inter-cutting and juxtaposition was out of this world.



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