The X-files: Fight the Future

on June 19, 1998 by Christine James
   As promised by the ads, the truth is in there, but it's still a little confusing, even to true X-philes. FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who investigate incidents that defy logical or scientific explanation, race across the country and literally to the ends of the Earth to uncover the secret of a black ooze entity that uses human bodies as hosts. But the film focuses more on the action-packed elements of evading and combatting conspiring government figures rather than examining the potential ramifications and apocalyptic significance.
   "X-Files" creator and scripter Chris Carter races through the supposed revelation that the entire TV series has been building to regarding a syndicate's secret alliance with extra-terrestrial beings who are planning to colonize the Earth. Though the information is presented in the film, it's touched upon so harriedly that viewers will only be able to appreciate the impact of what's been intimated post hoc, after discussing the movie and piecing things together with fellow fans. It's as if the filmmakers thought that by revealing the truth in such a scant manner, the shroud of secrecy and intrigue would appear to remain intact. However, once the plot has unfolded, there remains an ample supply of mystery and suspense for many seasons and sequels to come, so it was an unnecessary and hindering precaution to take.
   The impressively-lensed "X-Files: Fight the Future" would probably have felt more epic had the script more thoroughly explored Mulder and Scully's reactions to the evidence they uncover; however, given that an average episode of "The X-Files" is often far superior to most sci-fi and/or action-thriller features on the market today, this bigscreen version of the rampantly popular TV show is, as expected, exciting and compelling from start to finish, maintaining the intelligent writing, wry humor and character chemistry of the series. But the real truth is it's not all it could be. Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Martin Landau. Written by Chris Carter. Directed by Rob Bowman. Produced by Chris Carter and Daniel Sackheim. A Fox release. SF/Thriller. Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and gore. Running time: 121 min
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