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The X-Files

I'm happy to report that, although I've never seen the popular TV show on which this film is based, I thoroughly enjoyed following Agents Mulder and Scully on their fantastic feature adventure.

As the film opens, FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are at a Dallas office building investigating a bomb threat.

They're blamed when the bomb explodes and bodies are found in the wreckage after the building was supposed to have been evacuated.  How did the bodies get there and was the explosion just a diversion to hide something more sinister?

The heart of The X-Files continues the theory that the government is involved in a conspiracy to cover up the existence of extra terrestrials.

With Mulder leading the still skeptical Scully, they follow cryptic clues to uncover a deadly mystery involving pre-historic aliens.

The screenplay by creator Chris Carter moves from Dallas to Washington, D.C. to Antarctica and the action is as quick moving as the settings.

The two main characters' relationship and what brought them together as partners is alluded to in passing.  Mulder is obsessed with all things "unexplained" after his eight-year old sister was abducted by aliens and Scully, level-headed and sober, is paired with him to rein in his paranoia.

Series' regulars such as the Cigarette Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man and the Lone Gunmen appear, along with new characters played by Blythe Danner and Martin Landau.

The X-Files


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