The X-Files - Fight the Future (1998)
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as Fox Mulder
as Dana Scully
as Dr. Alvin Kurtzwell
as Conrad Strughold
as Jana Cassidy
as Cigarette-Smoking Man
as Well-Manicured Man
as Walter Skinner
as Dr. Ben Bronschweig
as Darius Michaud
as Group Elder
as 2nd Elder
as Black-Haired Man
as Creature 2
as Creature 2
as FBI Agent on Roof
as FBI Agent
as Field Agent
as Fire Captain Cooles
as Last Agent Out
as DC Cops
as DC Cops
as Security Guard
as The Well-Manicured Man's Valet
as Control Room Operator
as Young Naval Guard
as British Valet
as Towncar Driver
as Buzz Milhoe
as Windbreakered Agent
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future
The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else.
Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.
As it is, pic serves up set-pieces and a measure of scope that are beyond TV size but remain rather underwhelming by feature standards.
Only two scenes in this spin-off are worth the time of followers of the TV series.
The director, Rob Bowman, is not some TV hack; his work is thrillingly kinetic.
Audience Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future
A young boy in Texas is infected by a mysterious contageon and when it seems as if an entire office building is destroyed by a phoney terrorist attack just to cover it up, Mulder and Scully investigate. I was a big fan of the X-Files in the beginning but it became increasingly obvious that the alien conspiracy storyline was just being made up as they went, leading to one unsatisfying plot development after another that never contained any real answers. At the time, everyone hoped that Fight The Future would finally explain all but when this turned out to be yet another load of half answered questions it meant exasperation and disillusionment all round. On revisiting it, I found it a lot easier to be objective and I must admit that knowing what happens afterward, the film actually makes a lot more sense. It opens very strongly with the usual banter from the extremely likeable leads and attractive visuals with good use of the cinematic media giving it the epic sweep it needed to make the translation to the big screen. Unfortunately the plot follows the typical alien conspiracy formula with the usual mysterious source coming to Mulder in a back alleys and Scully getting kidnapped and experimented on YET AGAIN, but it does have some decent set pieces and has stood up quite well on the whole. But because of the overly familiar plot devices it does just feel like a two-parter and as such will be completely incomprehensible to the casual viewer. Recommended for fans, but others shouldn't really bother to try wrap their heads around it.
After The success of the show, it was obvious that a film would conclude it's terrific run. X Files: Fight The Future is a terrific Sci Fi Horror film with a fairly good story and decent enough acting to keep one entertained. Moulder and Scully are back one the trail of the paranormal, and this film succeeds in providing the viewer with head scratching questions. This is an enjoyable film that will appeal to Sci Fi fans as well as Horror fans. The story steadily builds up to a tense climax and pays off, and this film ends on a high note. The film will appeal to diehard fans of the series. The film has a terrific atmosphere of mystery and doubt. All the elements that made the TV show great are here and the finished product is very well done. The reason the film works so well is that they were able to keep all the key elements that made the show entertaining and great while expanding the plot to be more complex, intriguing, mysterious and horrifying. This film is a fairly good attempt for the show to transcend to the big screen. There are enough thrills to keep diehard fans interested. And people who haven't watched the show will probably enjoy the film as well. A film that full of mystery, thrills, horror and good old crime drama, this is one film that can appeal to a broad audience, and not just Horror fans or Sci Fi fans. A terrific film that has been been very well crafted, entertaining and well written, this is a film that even though flawed will definitely entertain you if you're in the mood for something different. This film is a change of pace from many of the Sci Fi / Horror films that we have seen.
Released in between two seasons, Fight the Future was a sad cop-out that only true fans could enjoy (I am one of them).
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