Movie Lover wrote on Sep 26 2008 10:00AM
Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent Drummy arrives to ask Scully's help in locating Fox Mulder, the fugitive former head of the X-Files division, and says they will call off its manhunt for him if he will help investigate the disappearances of several women, including young FBI agent Monica Banan. Scully agrees and convinces Mulder who is living in a nearby small home, bearded and clipping newspaper articles about the paranormal to help, despite Mulder's initial misgivings that this is an FBI trick to capture him.
The duo is taken to Washington, D.C., where Agent Dakota Whitney wants Mulder's expertise with the paranormal as they have been led to a clue by Father Joseph (Joe) Fitzgerald Crissman (Billy Connolly), a priest defrocked for pedophilia who claims God is sending him visions of the crimes. Mulder wants to believe the man, but Scully is disgusted by Father Joe's past and disregards his "visions".
Whitney and Drummy take Father Joe and Mulder to the kidnapped Banan's home, where the former priest overcomes the others' skepticism when, in anguish and on his knees in pain, he begins bleeding from the eyes. A second woman, driving home after swimming in a natatorium, is run off the road by Janke Dacyshyn (Callum Keith Rennie), a snowplow driver who then smashes the window of her wrecked car and abducts her.
Scully and Mulder, discuss both the FBI case and that of Scully's patient. Scully mentions that the severed arm found by the FBI contains traces of Acepromazine(an animal tranquilizer ). Father Joe is recruited for help with the second abducted woman. After a grueling night time search in the snow, he leads the FBI to what turns out to be a frozen burial ground of people and body parts. Scully is frustrated by Mulder's seeming obsession with finding these women, telling him that his sister is dead no matter what he does. Mulder pushes on, trying to ignore her. Father Joe then tells Scully, "don't give up."
Analysis of the remains eventually leads them to Dacyshyn, an organ transporter in Richmond, Virginia, and his husband, Franz Tomczeszyn who was among the youths Father Joe sexually abused. During an FBI raid on the organ-donor facility where Dacyshyn works, Dacyshyn escapes, leaving behind Banan's severed head. Mulder, who accompanied Whitney on the raid, chases Dacyshyn to a building construction site. Whitney follows, and is killed when Dacyshyn pushes her down a shaft several stories high. He then escapes again.
Scully, wants permission from Christian's parents to do a stem-cell procedure that may be their boy's last hope. Father Ybarra, head of the hospital, wants Christian removed to a palliative-care facility to live his remaining days. Scully goes to Father Joe's apartment to confront him about his religious visions. She asks him what he meant by "don't give up." He tells her that he doesn't know what he meant. To her despair, he says he knows nothing more about these visions than what he has told the FBI, and collapses. Scully later learns that Father Joe, suffers from advanced lung cancer. Scully, asks him if Banan is still alive. Father Joe says yes.
With Mulder's handling of Father Joe having helped break the case, Scully says Mulder that she cannot be with him if he continues exploring "the darkness." Mulder, regardless, takes Scully's car to go investigate further. He learns Dacyshyn has purchased animal tranquilizer. When Dacyshyn coincidentally arrives moments later, Mulder slips out and then follows Dacyshyn's snowplow. On an isolated road, Dacyshyn crashes the car and pushes it off an embankment. Dacyshyn soon afterward abandons his snowplow. Mulder crawls from the wreckage, starts down the road, and stops at a small compound where many dogs are barking a major detail of Father Joe's visions. Mulder enters, and makes a startling discovery.
When Scully cannot reach Mulder on his cell phone, she calls for help. They find Scully's wrecked car. Scully and Skinner find a rural mailbox whose address corresponds to a Biblical chapter and verse Father Joe had told Scully. They race to the address, handle the situation and rescue Mulder from death. Mulder surmises, the two men's fates were linked by more than just visions. Scully is still troubled by Father Joe's advice to her, "don't give up." Scully says that she is having doubts about Christian's surgery, saying that she is "putting that boy through hell" due to the words of a pedophile priest. Mulder tells Scully that if she has any doubts, then she should call off the surgery. At the hospital, Scully thinks for a moment, looks at Christian, and simply replies "yes." when a nurse asked...if she is ready.