The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau
Director: Rob Bowman
Plot: Two FBI agents specializing in the supernatural follow-up on an alleged government conspiracy to hide from the public knowledge of a deadly virus that might have extra-terrestrial origins.
Review: Based on the on-going TV phenomenon, X-Files: Fight the Future brings the cast of the show to the big screen in a blockbuster-sized installment of their continuing quest for The Truth. The story has all the elements that made the show such a success: the atmosphere of paranoia, the twisting conspiracies, the dealings and whispers in dark alleys, and the relationship between the two partners, Mulder and Scully. Being a summer offering, however, all of this is presented to movie-goers with some amazing production values, large sets, good special effects, and even some decent action scenes. Beyond the usual trappings, though, it's the chemistry between the two leads, their camaraderie, and their long-standing platonic friendship that really shines through and makes the film, and the series, so appealing and both actors have their roles down pat. Regular characters all make cameo appearances, of course, with the noted addition of Landau, in an interesting casting choice as the Deep Throat-like informer. Director Bowman, himself a show veteran, ably makes the jump to features and offers up a good-looking picture with a constant sense of tension. The story, stretching from Texas to Antarctica, is appropriately grand, and reveals a bit of the mystery surrounding the convoluted series' main arc. For casual viewers, the film stands well on its own but will feel very open-ended, leaving more questions unanswered than a typical film of the genre would allow. For fans, however, this will feel like a large, exciting episode between two seasons of the show. An intelligent, exciting sci-fi adventure / conspiracy thriller,
The X-Files: Fight the Future is more than a solid big-screen adaptation of a TV series, it's a finely made, entertaining film in its own right.