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A terrorist bomb has just destroyed a federal building in Dallas, Texas and two reassigned FBI agents are caught in-over-their-heads in a conspiracy so intricate that they have only just now begun to grasp it. Now FBI agents Fox 'Spooky' Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) must uncover a conspiracy that may lead to the truth of everything they have ever seen. But, The X-files have been shut down and the agents reassigned. How can they possibly fight the future, when so many forces are acting against them?

The main hook of The X-Files: Fight The Future is the assertion that 'Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully uncover the answers to the questions posed by the TV series.' For this reason any fan of the cult hit TV series, The X-Files, will shell out the cash to see their favorite characters uncover the mysteries they have guessed at for five seasons. But, creator Chris Carter has watered down the plot of the movie so much that the already rounded characters have to be re-introduced for the non-fans to get what's happening.

Big name stars like Martin Landau, Blythe Dannier, and Armin Mueller-Stahl are too well recognized and interrupt the 'suspension of disbelief' that no-name actors offer. Also bug name stars are too expensive to appear on the TV series, thus making their appearances trivial in the movie if they won't appear in the sixth or seventh season of The X-Files. And the regulars on the TV series are pushed into cameo roles that just advance the plot to the next setting with no real explanation for who they are.

The X-Files: Fight The Future switches settings in a blink of an eye, leaving the viewer asking "what are their travel expenses?" The added settings do add a larger scope to the whole conspiracy from a cave in Texas, to the halls of the FBI, and even Antarctica. With tons of different lighting effects and camera angles, the fast paced action scenes are made all the more scary with the help of director Bob Bowman and Mark Snows eerie music also adds an extra kick.

If you are a fan of the TV series, then this movie is a must see to understand the gap in the events between the fifth season and sixth seasons of the TV series. But, non-fans looking for excitement should look else where.

- Adam Arnold