The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Director: Chris Carter

Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, Mitch Pileggi, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Godley, Alex Diakun, Nicki Aycox, Fagin Woodcock, Marco Niccoli, Carrie Ruscheinsky, Spencer Maybee, Veronika Hadrava, Denis Krasnogolov, Patrick Keating, Roger Horchow, Stephen E. Miller, Xantha Radley, Lorena Gale, Donavon Stinson, Dion Johnstone, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Christina D’Alimonte, Vanesa Tomasino, Luvia Petersen, Babz Chula, Stacee Copeland, Vanessa Morley

Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is a physician working at a Catholic hospital, faced with the difficult case of a boy, Christian Fearon (Niccoli), suffering from an ailment most think untreatable, but which she believes she may cure using stem cell techniques. Scully is approached by FBI Special Agent Dakota Whitney (Peet) and her partner Special Agent Mosley Drummy (Joiner), desperate to find a missing FBI colleague. What little progress they have made in their investigation has been through the help of a psychic, a defrocked priest who has volunteered key information. The FBI agents want someone with experience in dealing with the paranormal to assist them. The agents are aware of the special relationship between Scully and her former partner at the FBI, Fox Mulder, and want her to persuade Mulder, who has been banished and faces trumped-up criminal charges, to work with them on this case. They offer to drop all charges in exchange for Mulder’s help. When Scully tells Mulder (Duchovny) of the FBI request, he refuses, distrusting the FBI’s motives, but she eventually persuades him. With his partner Scully at his side, Mulder meets the psychic priest, Father Joseph “Joe” Crissman (Connolly). With agents Whitney and Drummy, they drive to an isolated ranch house, the site of the attack on the missing female FBI agent. Mulder is reluctant to believe in Father Joe’s psychic powers, but is intrigued by the man’s sincere demeanor and works with him to obtain a lead. Father Joe insists he feels that the missing FBI agent is still alive, and Mulder follows the wispy clues in the priest’s visions to tangible evidence of a sinister enterprise. His enthusiasm checked by Scully’s skepticism, once he catches the scent of the agent’s abductors Mulder is in his element, tracking down leads and seeking the truth. Evidence of another victim is found, and with help from Scully and the FBI, Mulder discovers a link between the new victim and the missing FBI agent, a shared rare blood type. The abductors, Franz Tomczeszyn (Woodcock) and Janke Dacyshyn (Rennie) carry out their violence swiftly, not far from where their criminal associates perform their grisly tasks at a secret laboratory. The film, which takes place mostly in snow-bound areas of West Virginia, moves at a rapid pace, revealing the priest’s tortuous background, the romantic bond between Mulder and Scully, and the creepy medical purpose of the FBI agent’s abductors. There is a special treat for the audience, at the very end, after the credits. Based on the television series The X-Files.

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