The X-Files: I Want To Believe: Extended Cut (Fox, 2008) D: Chris Carter, w/ David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson. Rating: NN; DVD package: NNN
I liked the series, so I'm happy to see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their old believer vs. skeptic routine. But that's about it. The rest of the movie isn't much, either as an X-Files episode or a stand-alone thriller.
Mulder and Scully, long gone from the FBI, get dragged back in when a psychic claims to have mystic knowledge of a missing FBI agent. Much running around ensues, but little suspense, mystery or the kind of weirdness that drove the series. The big reveal of the baddies' terrible crime arrives late and fails to connect with either the main story or the subplot. Any old gruesome crime would have worked as well.
The pace picks up after the first hour, and director Chris Carter builds unusual, sinister atmosphere from the deep winter locations. Scottish actor Billy Connolly is fun as the psychic priest, but he disappears from the story too soon.
Carter and company went to great lengths to keep their movie a secret before release. Those highly amusing details are in the feature-length making-of doc. Stick around through the closing credits on the extended version: there's an Easter egg.
EXTRAS Disc one: theatrical and extended versions, Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel, public service announcements. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio. English, Spanish subtitles. Disc two: three-part making-of doc. Widescreen.