This X-Files film can stand alone but we can't help bring in the history from the series and the last film. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who is now referred to as Dr. Scully finds herself practicing in a Catholic hospital attempting to use experimental techniques to save a young boy as Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) lives a hermit like life in a remote location in which he shoots pencils in the ceiling for entertainment.
ASAC Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet), a business like agent, reaches to the X-Files pair to locate a kidnapped agent who appears to be a victim of a serial killer or killers. After some resistance they of course agree to join the team. Fox Mulder brings in a Catholic priest, Father Joseph Crissman, a creepy pedophile priest (Billy Connolly), who lives in a compound with others like him. Father Joseph, with out explanation, has the ability to locate and define the location of the attack on the missing agent. He is convincing when his tears become blood. In almost a good cop bad cop action Scully is repulsed by the priest and Mulder is encouraged with the information received.
Early on in the film we recognize that this is a faith based science fiction script wrapped in a traditional horror film mode.
As another young woman with a healthy body is kidnapped in a snowed over field, Scully begins to question if Mulder is into the case because he continues to believe his sister will return some day. As Father Joseph continues to provide information through visions we wonder what are they based on.
Moving at a slow pace, the script divulges small hints, we see the latest victim locked in a box with breathing holes through which she can see medical equipment along with folks in medical garb. We follow boxes of body parts in an inconsequential chase scene which fills time as we begin to wonder if this is Dr. Frankenstein or Coma.
The scope of the film becomes very narrow and the spectacular ending from the first film, which was probably too much, is replaced with what could be seen on a small screen detective show. Mulder goes in alone rather than waiting for help and the bizarre remote factory is exposed and controlled as the agents work to save as many victims as possible.
In what can only be an insult to the audience the final scene involving Dr. Sculley leaves us unnecessarily guessing. We may want to believe, but this X-File can't close the deal.