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The X-Files: Fight the Future

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Same TV show sci-fi on a king-sized f/x budget.

Movie PG-13 1998 122 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Good movie

Its a good movie with a lot of action and themes that X files fans love (conspiracies, aliens, plot twists galore) One slightly sexual thing was not included in the review and caught me by surprise unfortunately which was a scene with public urination with Moulder and another character. Nothing is shown, except for a suggestive shaking motion at the end.

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Though one might expect an X-Files-based feature to take the series and its themes into fresh directions, this UFO-show doesn't gain much more altitude. The cast has the privilege of swearing, and the special effects and sets are more expensive. One very minor character held over from the TV show dies (or...does he?); others make brief fan-pleasing cameos. That's pretty much it.

As with the small-screen scripts, we get a tantalizing sci-fi plotline, full of questions, maddeningly unresolved by the finale, with shadowy villains still gloating that Mulder (who pops up mysteriously in Arctic for an especially farfetched and mystifying climax) still don't know what's really going on. If he doesn't, neither do we, and the show's repeated message to "trust no one," especially government authorities, starts to seem a little stale and lazy. When a drunken Mulder urinates on an alley poster for Independence Day, it may be a clue to what the filmmakers here thought of that simple-minded blockbuster. At least it had a storyline any average viewer could follow.

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