The X-Files (full title: The X-Files: Fight the Future) is a 1998 Science Fiction film based on the popular TV series of the same name. Set between the fifth and sixth seasons of the series, it follows the adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a pair of FBI agents infamous among their peers for their investigation of cases that defy a rational or scientific explanation. After failing to stop what seems to be a terrorist bombing in Dallas, Texas, the agents are flung into another government conspiracy regarding the colonization of Earth by alien life forms. Mulder and Scully follow the usual labyrinth of paranormal clues and obtrusive bureaucracies, eventually reaching the Antarctic, where the biggest secret of all lies in store.A second film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, came about in 2008.
The X-Files: Fight the Future provides examples of the following tropes:
The Texas portions of the movie are not exactly accurate.
Downtown Dallas looks nothing at all like downtown Los Angeles, where the Dallas portions of the movie were filmed.
A suburban neighborhood within view of Dallas has a desert environment — but the Dallas sprawl spreads out so far that the city is too distant to see from any rural area, and North Texas, especially near Dallas, is nearly all grassland, not desert.
As Mulder and Scully drive away from Dallas following a mysterious train, the sun sets behind them. It makes a cool lighting effect, but if you drive east from Dallas you end up in Arkansas or Louisiana, not in West Texas or New Mexico as later scenes suggest.
'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Mulder gets shot in the head at point blank range. Apparently it only grazed his skull, because he's off to Antarctica to carry his partner out of a massive alien spacecraft on foot as soon as he wakes up.
Vengeful Vending Machine: Mulder goes to buy something to drink. He puts money in the machine, pushes a button, then next one, then all of them. He whacks the machine and then jiggles it angrily. He notices that the machine is not plugged and finds out that there is a bomb inside of it. The very bomb the FBI is looking for in another building.
Wire Dilemma: Set up when a bomb is discovered in a government building and an FBI agent remains behind to try to disarm it. However, we find out that he actually makes no attempt to disarm the bomb and intentionally lets it explode to preserve a government cover-up.