The X Files: I Want to Believe

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(2008) ★★★

Channel 4: Saturday 30 May, 10.55pm

The FBI is looking for something in Somerset (the other one, in West Virginia) and needs Mulder and Scully’s help – seven years after The X-Files were closed. So Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully, back to doctoring at a Catholic hospital (Our Lady of the Sorrows indeed!), is asked to contact David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, missing believed barmy. Their frowning FBI contact is rap star Xzibit, whose mum must be delighted to see wearing a suit a tie. Mind you, even the dishevelled Mulder looks like a Wall Street broker next to Billy Connolly. With shoulder-length silver locks as wild as his eyes, Billy’s playing Father Joe, a convicted paedophile who might hold some answers to a grisly kidnap-and-body-parts case. Deeply curious but not always compelling, this isn’t typically mystical stuff like The X-Files. It’s more malevolent, like Millennium, with bigger targets closer to home than airy-fairy aliens. And why not? Chris Carter is surely entitled to cannibalize his own TV shows. For fans of the first film, there are helicopters and snow ploughs in this one, too. Only the mobile phones are smaller.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 104min