Very impressive; the kind of movie you can recommend to people who bitch and moan about Australian films not being entertaining enough. This twists and turns constantly, as characters make mistakes and dig themselves deeper into trouble, seeing rays of hope that are time and again cruelly snatched. And it's a ride. It's dark, and it's mean, but it's never less than thrilling.
A noble effort... that didn't really do it for me. Visually seems to want to be an action movie, but then the pacing plods so that doesn't really work. I couldn't get into it, really, as much as it tried. A shame.
First watching it, all the way through, I thought it was just a collection of really great scenes that didn't entirely fit together, and then the ending comes and everything seems to fit... even though, even now, I'm still not one hundred percent sure. Such a great mindfuck, but also such a great watch. Often mindfucks have characters and scenes that, while watching them, are unrelatable or boring or seemingly meaningles, and it's a struggle to get to, and you only persevere so you can see what the movie is on about, but not here! It rules all the way through. If you don't think so, you can go suck a fuck.
It's nice to see Mulder and Scully again. It's also impressive that rather than tackling a) more alien conspiracy stuff or b) a simple Mulder and Scully investigation, Chris Carter made his film exploring the issues of faith and judgement and good and evil, as they are and as they affect the lives of these characters who have been in the public eye since the early nineties.
But it's not done very well.
The case is never involving, coincidences and convieniences that might be acceptable on TV are glaringly obvious on the cinema screen, and the medical sub-plot is heavy-handed in how it thematically figures into the main story.
A TV movie or a miniseries, even with the same story, would have been a nice return, but this particular tale isn't one for the movies.