Special Agents Mulder and Scully must fight the government as they
seek to uncover the truth about an alien colonization on Earth.
The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)
Directed by Rob Bowman
Written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis,
John Neville, Martin Landau, Mitch Pileggi, Blythe Danner,
Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood
Spin-Off of the 1993-2018 TV series The X-Files
The first feature length X-Files adventure perfectly encapsulates everything the show represents. If Fox hadn't opted to pick up the show for a sixth season, this film works as the beginning of a new era, where Mulder and Scully are more united than ever before. Mulder's ongoing quest for the truth brings him once again into the crosshairs of the enigmatic Syndicate, only this time the stakes have never been higher. Granted, this film is primarily aimed towards fans of the show. However, first-timers may just find something about this film that compels them to take the nine season plunge.
The budget for this film is considerably larger than the show's, allowing much more room for special effects and new locations. Even with an inflated budget, Fight the Future still feels like an episode. William B. Davis and Mitch Pileggi return as their fan-favorite characters and there's even an appearance by the Lone Gunmen. As far as adding to the mythology, the film gives us some insight into the grand scheme of the aliens. They plan to infect all of mankind with the black oil virus to incubate a new race of alien warriors who will take over the world, while the Syndicate watch from the sidelines. Unfortunately, this major plot point is only glanced at throughout the remainder of the show's run, but it fits nicely as a good conflict for the film.
I wish the repercussions of this film had influenced the show more than it did, especially Mulder and Scully's interrupted kiss. Apart from that, it's a very good film that stands out as one of the better adventures in the entire X-Files mythology. It's definitely the better of the two films and is something I look forward to whenever I need my X-Files fix.
After five successful seasons on television, Chris Carter decided to make a gamble, releasing a film continuation of the hit series The X-Files. The pressure was on to make a film that both pleased longtime fans and brought in new ones. Fortunately, it worked as Fight the Future is a wonderful continuation of the show that answers a major part of the ongoing mythology. While newcomers may find the film a bit hard to follow, there's still enough for them to get the general idea and also enjoy the movie.
All the major cast and crew members return for the film, making it a seamless transition from television to the big screen. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny continue to excel in their iconic roles. They continue to show just how much their characters' care for each other and the lengths each would go to protect the other. As for the slowly developing mythology of the show, Fight the Future finally provides some much needed answers as it's revealed what the aliens want to do to Earth. This is a satisfying moment for fans as it's something we've been wanting since the show started. The film also takes advantage of its much bigger budget, offering several thrilling set pieces. These include a bombing in the opening and a massive killer bee attack, just to name a few.
Fight the Future was an impressive film debut of the hit show. It featured many of the major, original cast members, along with cool new ones. The storyline was a great continuation of the series ongoing mythology. With that said, newcomers may find it hard to follow due to the reliance on having seen the show first. Still, longtime fans will find a lot to love in this movie.