104 min. minutes | Rated PG-13
The second X-Files movie—a big fat episode, essentially, with a noticeably constrained budget—is a satisfying thriller, with romantic and religious angst substituting for explosions and chase scenes. An FBI agent has gone missing, and the Bureau tracks down Scully at her post at a Catholic hospital to get her to recruit Mulder to help with the investigation. A convicted pedophile priest who claims psychic abilities (Billy Connolly) thinks he can lead them to her abductor—but he keeps turning up other people's severed limbs instead. Scully's usual doubts about paranormal phenomena are given an additional rigidity by her contempt for the priest's crimes. Meanwhile, her day job as a medical doctor is bringing up questions about persistence in the face of opposition that resonate with both her relationship with Mulder and their mutual efforts to uncover the truth about aliens in defiance of a hostile government. There are gaping plot holes, yes, but it's still hot stuff.
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