The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

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Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent Drummy arrives to ask Scully’s help in locating Fox Mulder, the fugitive former head of the X-Files division, and says they will call off its manhunt for him if he will help investigate the disappearances of several women, including young FBI agent Monica Banan. Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Film Introduction
"The X Files: I Wished To Think" is a 2008 American sci-fi thriller film directed by Chris Carter. Released six years after completion of the original X-Files series, this movie gets with the lives of former FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who had actually previously spent years examining paranormal activities.

Plot Summary
The film's plot begins when an FBI agent goes missing out on. A previous priest, Father Joseph Crissman (Billy Connolly), who declares to have psychic capabilities, leads the FBI to a severed arm buried in the snow, declaring it's the missing out on agent's. Due to the uncommon nature of the case, the FBI connects to Scully for support who in turn seeks out Mulder, despite his fugitive status.

Main Storyline
Mulder is drawn back into the world of the X-Files and along with Scully, they sign up with a team examining the mystical disappearance. Their investigation deviates when they find a secret medical experiment involving human bodies which consequently reveals a plot involving prohibited organ transplants. Daddy Crissman, is somehow psychically connected to the criminal activities.

Individual Struggles
Parallelly, Scully fights with her faith and her career as a medical professional. She cares for a boy with an uncommon incurable brain illness and argues whether it is best to give him a treatment that could potentially eliminate him. As the story unfolds, Mulder and Scully's relationship is put to the test once again.

Conclusion and Critical Reception
The climax peaks with Scully finding a way to treat the ill young boy and Mulder discovering that the organ donors were abducted and kept alive to gather their organs as needed. Dad Crissman succumbs to lung cancer, questioning the nature of his visions whether they were divine or a part of the cancer eating his brain. In the end, Mulder and Scully choose to remain together.

The film received mixed reviews from critics with some applauding the chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson, while others criticized the absence of supernatural aspects characteristic of the series.

Legacy of the Film
While it was considered less popular than the 1998 X-Files film, "The X Files: I Want to Believe" kept alive the spirit of the series with its signature blend of thriller, drama, and sci-fi. It is viewed as a standalone story instead of a continuation of the TV series. The characteristics between Mulder and Scully remained a peak of the film, showcasing how their relationship had actually developed throughout the years. Regardless of the lukewarm reception, the movie played an essential role in keeping the franchise alive, ultimately resulting in a revival of the X-Files series in 2016.

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