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X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When a female FBI agent goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the Agency calls on the very retired and reticent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) - through his ex Agency partner, the now busy and committed physician, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). She has her own problems, trying to save the life of a young boy with serious brain disease. But she convinces Mulder, who is soon intrigued by convicted pedophile priest Father Joe (Billy Connolly) whose apparent psychic powers lead the FBI to their first grisly clue. As another woman goes missing, the urgency intensifies but Mulder's willingness to believe is shaken and those around him, even Scully, draw back from the inexplicable.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's complicated - but not too much so. And I'm referring to the revived old relationship between Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) - as well as the plot. The fans will lap up this thrilling new feature that has gestated in the belly of the hugely popular series for years. From its no holds barred start to its heartfelt finish, the film is compelling entertainment, thanks in part to a great script and in part to the top performances.

Mature in every way, the film and its characters lead us scene by scene through a maze of clues and scares as the story elements start to converge. I don't want to spoil the revelations by saying more about that, except that it's clever and credible. The writers have woven a rich and complex story in which the characters move with great dramatic payoffs.

Duchovny and Anderson bring a maturity to their characters, infused with a well worked subtext about their relationship, which sustains throughout, without relying on gimmicks or stretches of credibility. Both actors bring depth and emotion to the film, as does the wonderful Billy Connolly, who clearly responded to the challenge of playing Father Joe, a repentant pedophile with a psychic gift - or is it just fantasy? Connolly is superbly in command of his character and shows us a level of complexity that elevates his support role to a higher plane.

Great support from Amanda Peet and Alvin Xzibit Joiner as FBI agents, the former very matter of fact and let's get the job done, the latter dismissive of Mulder and his openness to the psychic.

The film's great achievement is that even within the bounds of its genre as a supernatural thriller, it generates a much deeper resonance about a range of issues, from God and faith to the mysteries of daily life.

Fans can delve deeper into the film than ever before with the Director's Cut DVD packed with hours of special features content including an "Extended Cut" of the film with never-before-seen footage seamlessly edited back into the movie.

Published November 27, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, THE: DVD (M)
(US/Canada, 2008)

CAST: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Alvin Xzibit Joiner, Adam Godley, Callum Keith Rennie

PRODUCER: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

DIRECTOR: Chris Carter

SCRIPT: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bill Roe

EDITOR: Richard Harris

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mark Freeborn

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 24, 2008

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Fans can delve deeper into the film than ever before with the Director's Cut DVD and BD packed with hours of special features content including an "Extended Cut" of the film with never-before-seen footage seamlessly edited back into the movie.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: November 26, 2008







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