Can someone wake Duchovny up, please?I'd only seen one episode of the show prior to this, the season ender that supposedly set everything up for the big feature. I talked to folks, found out who was who and what side they were on and all that, learned about bees and beasts and why everybody wants the redhead and the mannequin to get busy. I got my backstory all set, and I went in to see the flick.
And was bored to tears.
The entire first half of the film sets things up. Fine for newbies who are just getting to know Mulder and Scully, but die hard fans are squirming. When the ball does get rolling, it's all just a rehash of old plots. It ties things up (or ties things together, to be more appropriate), I guess. But there are no Earth-shattering revelations, nothing that any fan of the show didn't already know and nothing that someone new couldn't already piece together on their own.
The performances weren't that great, either. Duchovny? Blah. I'll never understand the attraction to him as an actor. Check that guy for a pulse. Gillian Anderson was fine, but the would-be stunt casting of Martin Landau, Blythe Danner and Armin Mueller-Stahl seemed oddly out of place. They didn't really sink their teeth into what could've been meaty roles.
The plot gets style points for setting the action in and around Dallas, the conspiracy capital of the world (or so you would be led to believe) but as a whole it's filled with coincidences and instances of people (invariably Mulder) being in the right place at the right time. And while I can buy global conspiracies and spaceships in the Arctic, I have a hard time believing that Scully wouldn't notice a bee in her jacket for a few days. The climax has been done to death, we've seen it before.
In short, it's hardly original, and plays like a two hour episode of the series, minus commercials and plus swearing. If that's your cup o' tea, be my guest.Wanna see the alien? Tough. It's too dark.