I wanted to believe that another "X-Files" movie was a good idea. I wanted to believe that Mulder and Scully, the ultimate duo of science vs. faith, needed to be brought back and to the big screen. I wanted to believe that with years to work on the script, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz would be able to come up with an intriguing story worthy of the iconic series. Alas, like Scully, I remain a skeptic.
Chris Carter's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," the second film spawned from the hit television show, is a stand-alone story from the series that finds our beloved Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) being called back into the FBI to help investigate the mysterious case of a missing agent. Slow, mundane, and featuring a story that chooses to focus on yesterday's news instead of the paranormal fare of the series, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" seems to be more of an apology for the decline of the series in its last years and the unsatisfactory ways in which loose ends in the story's dense mythology were tied up.