Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: X-Files Fight the Future

David Duchovny …  Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson …  Special Agent Dana Scully
John Neville …  The Well-Manicured Man
William B. Davis …  Cigarette Smoking Man / CGB Spender
Martin Landau …  Alvin Kurtzweil, MD
Mitch Pileggi …  Assistant Director Walter Skinner
Jeffrey DeMunn …  Ben Bronschweig, M.D. (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Blythe Danner …  Jana Cassidy
Terry O’Quinn …  Darius Michaud
Armin Mueller-Stahl …  Conrad Strughold
Lucas Black …  Stevie

Synopsis from IMDb: Thirty-seven thousand years ago, a deadly secret was buried in a cave in Texas. Now the secret has been unleashed. And its discovery may mean the end of all humanity. When a terrorist bomb destroys a building in Dallas, Texas, FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy surpassing anything they’ve ever encountered. With the dubious assistance of a paranoid doctor, Mulder and Scully risk their careers and their lives to hunt down a deadly virus which may be extraterrestrial in origin – and could destroy all life on earth. Their pursuit of the truth pits them against the mysterious Syndicate, powerful men who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets safe, leading the agents from a cave in Texas, to the halls of the FBI, and finally to a secret installation in Antarctica which holds the greatest secret of all.

Reviewers VS, PIT#1, PIT#2, PIT#3

VS – 1.25 pointed ears.
Cheap shot, dirty pool, 20th Century Fox made millions of loyal viewers pay for the privilege of seeing season 5.5.  Season 5 left off with Mulder’s officer being burned and the X-Files shut down.  Season 6 begins with Mulder and Scully back on the job tracking down the aliens introduced in this movie.

There were lots of nice touches for the fans, the Lone Gunmen cameo was priceless.  The movie did a great job of furthering the mythos.  However, as a standalone story this movie failed.  I’m not going to second guess the producers here, but wouldn’t it have been better to have a standalone movie that introduced the characters to a broader audience rather than one that relied to heavily on the established mythos?  My youngest (PIT #3) has never seen any of the X-Files.  This movie confused the heck out of him, but I digress.

What Chris Carter should’ve done was have a two-hour standalone that didn’t rely so heavily on the established backstory.  Had he done this, 20th Century Fox could easily have had an X-Files movie every summer for the remainder of the series.  For fans of the series this movie was a welcome sight.  For X-files neophytes, this movie wasn’t enough to make you want to stay home and watch the show.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
I don’t remember the series much at all.  This movie was very interesting.  I do not agree with Dad on this one.  I believe that the movie holds up well on its own merit.

PIT #2 – 1.5 pointed ears
I live in Iowa.  Corn is NOT pollinated by bees.  Having corn grow in the desert would require way to much irrigation not to mention the fact that roots wouldn’t hold well in sand.  Those inconsistencies took me right out of the movie.

PIT #3 – .5 pointed ears
This movie didn’t make any sense.  Daddy says that there’s lots of stuff that you need to have seen the TV show to understand.  Why didn’t they make this part of the TV show.  Daddy isn’t buying the X-Files TV show right now because we haven’t finished watching Stargate season 9.

5.25 pointed ears out 8
This movie is a must have if you have the X-Files series on DVD.  If you’re just wanting to watch Mulder and Scully find some reruns or start buying the series.  Don’t bother with this movie as a starting point into the X-Files universe.  Seriously, seeing only this movie would be like watching only The Matrix Reloaded or only The Empire Strikes Back.  However PIT #1 seems to think that if you can find this film for a reasonable purchase price, it’s worth the money.

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