I’m not an X-files fan. That just means I never watched the show, or the previous film. I think I saw one episode that involved a bee farm, and while it was a little creepy, I wasn’t too impressed. Having watched this film, I’ve half a mind to go back and have a dip around the old episodes and get a little more involved in the story, especially since Battlestar Galactica is so far away (damn writer’s strike).
First thing that needs to be cleared up is that you don’t have to know anything about the tv-show or the previous film to enjoy this one. It’s a stand alone story that, while it hints at events in the character’s past, doesn’t require any previous knowledge. I’m sure it would help, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. With that out the way I can get down into the nitty gritty.
The premise is rather simple: some old guy (Bill Connolly) has some of what he claims are psychic visions of a woman being attacked, and then leads a group of FBI agents to a severed arm in the middle of an ice field. The woman in question is an FBI agent, and thus we have a hunt on our hands.
Mulder is brought in because of the psychic nature of Father Joe (Connolly), and the whole thing unfolds from there, with numerous questions regarding whether Joe is an accomplice in the kidnappings or whether he is actually having these visions. The tension is built up throughout, as the potential reasons for the kidnapping become more and more sinister. I was rather surprised that it took almost up to the reveal for me to figure out just exactly what was going on.
There are various twists and turns that are executed with aplomb and skill, and while there are a few questionable story arc decisions, overall the story holds together rather well. The whole thing is shot with a grittiness that makes the absence of little green men completely unnoticeable. To be honest, I thought that was what the X-files was about, so I was actually rather pleased that they weren’t present. I guess the X-files are the sci-fi equivalent of low fantasy, which is only a good thing in my book.