Movie Review

I’ve spent many hours in front of a television. I believe most Americans have. We are entertained, we learn, we are manipulated my advertisements, and we pay good money for it all. Sometimes one of these shows takes hold of the people in such a way that it seems to live forever. It is renewed season after season. It continues on into reruns. Some even make it to the big screen. One of these television shows is making another comeback to television with new episodes. The X-Files features 202 episodes, 2 full length movies and more television episodes to come in 2016. This is an astounding feat for any television series. Today I’ll be taking a look at the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future.

X-Files: Fight the Future
X-Files: Fight the Future

Meg Liberman did an outstanding job casting the parts of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. It was pure genius to use the actors from the television show in the movie. That really eliminates a lot of potential confusion. Most of the other movie characters are played by the same actors from the television show too. In fact, I believe all the main characters were from the television show. Brilliant! The film also stars Dean Haglund as Richard “Ringo” Langly and Tom Woodruff, Jr. as Creature #1.

The back of the DVD. It has bonus features, but I never watched them.
The back of the DVD. It has bonus features, but I never watched them.

Haglund, who also played Langly on the television show, gave a beautiful and heartwarming performance as the long-haired, lanky computer hacker/conspiracy theorist. And Tom Woodruff, Jr.’s performance as Creature #1 was absolutely stunning. Creature #1 should have really had a proper name though. The two men really steal the spotlight.

I never saw this movie in the theater, but I do have the DVD. I found it in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart. The DVD box is 5.25” x 7.5” x .5”. I believe that is a standard size for DVD boxes. This DVD is also digitally mastered for superior sound and picture quality. I’m not really sure what that means, but it sounds like something really cool. This is also the enhanced widescreen version. I think that might make it a collector’s item or something.

Here is the DVD in the backyard.
Here is the DVD in the backyard.

Overall, I’d give The X-Files: Fight the Future 7 out of 10 stars. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I probably really liked it since it’s one of the 6 or 7 DVDs I didn’t put in my last yard sale. However, the disc isn’t too scuffed up, so it’s probably also spent a lot of time in the case. So maybe I didn’t like it that much. But anyway, there are new X-Files episodes coming out and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll probably go ahead and watch this movie again. Probably Sunday afternoon.

The open DVD case in the backyard.
The open DVD case in the backyard.
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