Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, William B. Davis, Mitch Pileggi. Written by Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz. Directed by Rob Bowman. Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and gore.

Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) have been assigned to the FBI's terrorist control division. When a bomb they have located goes off in a fully-evacuated federal building, corpses are nonetheless found in the rubble. The deaths in question don't appear to be bomb-related, which sets off suspicions in the two former members of the FBI's X-Files division. The X-Files were set up to investigate paranormal occurences that didn't fall into the scope of other FBI departments.

The discovery of alien DNA in the corpses leads Mulder and Scully down a path towards discovering a conspiracy at the highest levels of world government. If they fail to expose this conspiracy, every man, woman, and child on earth could be in the grave danger. Their allies are few, but that's never been a big stumbling block to this dynamic duo.

"The X-Files: Fight the Future" feels like nothing so much as a two-hour episode of the popular TV series. Although it has noticably better special effects, is populated with actual movie stars, and has a broader-reaching plot than is typical for an episode, the film is nevertheless just a logical extension of the series. This makes me wonder how much appeal it will hold for those who aren't already fans of the show.

But for those who do count themselves ase fans, the film will be a huge delight. It may be more of the same, but that is hardly cause for disappointment. Everything, and everyone, there is to like about the quirky hit show is here in abundance. The fact that it is has been given the big budget treatment merely adds to the enjoyment.

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