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Afghanistan, November 2001: Two months after 9/11, a CIA operative leads a hardcore U.S. Special Forces squad on a classified mission deep into harsh and hostile Taliban territory. Their objective is to locate a Muslim cleric with possible ties to a deadly cache of WMDs. But what they instead discover is a phenomenon beyond anything known to man. You cannot fight what isn t there. You cannot kill what doesn t live. And in a land ravaged by war and ruled by superstition, who or what is the ultimate enemy? Jonas Ball, Matt Anderson, Michael C. Williams, Jon Huertas, Jeff Prewett and Sam Hunter star in this new mind-blower of a thriller from director Daniel Myrick, co-creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
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I have a soft spot for movies about small bands of soldiers, heading off into the boondocks where they will face the unknown in ways they could never have imagined. Outpost, Predator, Aliens, Dog Soldiers... These are all films that fit into that niche. So does The Objective.
The Objective is riddled with mythological motifs that will fly over the head of most people. If you've ever read the substantial works of Joseph Campbell and liked them (Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God series, etc.,) then this film will really appeal to you. If you have no idea what the books I just mentioned are all about, then you probably have very little interest in comparative mythology, and this movie might not be your cup of tea. Without the mythological references, The Objective might just seem like a bunch of things that don't make much sense, and in the end feel unsatisfying.
If you like mythology, definitely give this one a look. If you don't know much about it, you should look anyway, and maybe it will broaden your horizons. If your idea of an imaginative romp is Law and Order, leave this one alone.
Spooky enough without being a gore-fest, and open-ended enough to make it more thought provoking than most action/suspense films out there today.
All in all a pretty decent flick, but pay attention to the small details. I think some of the reviewers were just trying to find something wrong with it. So what if the helicopter in the movie wasn't exactly accurate, or if the actors didn't act like exact replicas of true special forces, it was close enough to relay the story.
What was particularly interesting about this movie was its inclusion of orb ufos as a nemesis. I'm familiar with both white orbs and orange ones, having observed both types. For the most part they are non aggressive, but it appears that either of the two types have the capacity to be deadly in some circumstances. For those willing to do a google history search, try Dyatlov Pass as a search query.
My only gripes aren't really with the film: (1) the Blu-Ray version appears to be available only in a Region 2 German pressing as 'Operation Desert' (no Blu-Ray release in the States that I've been able to find). And (2), there's no part 2. (This one is SCREAMING for a part 2, kids. There's a LOT of fertile ground for story development here.)
This one is a sleeper in the same vein as 'Suspect Zero'; low budget, well done, and with a very interesting story. Recommended.
Undercover CIA agent Benjamin Keynes (Jonas Ball) narrates in hushed whispers this doomed mission, which may or may not be a suicide run to discover a terrorist known only as Muhammad. Unless of course it's THAT Muhammad, in which case discovering him would be a pretty big deal since, you know, he's a divine prophet.
Thrown into the mix are Vimanas, the ancient Indian flying saucers, ghostly Arabs in black garb, and many, many blurry shots taken by an infrared camera. The best scene is the arrival of the UFOs, which chant calls to prayer, and the moment when our lone hero launches a signal flare only to discover he's already launched/is currently launching/will launch thousands more as he approaches a singularity. But those trippy moments are all too brief.
This is not a good film. Big on ideas, short on a coherent plot, when The Objective does standard combat ops its pitch perfect; when it tries to do just about anything else it's an inchoate mess of swear words, blurry camera angles, and bright red gore props. We never find out what the "aliens" want, what the original mission was, or why the audience has to suffer through over an hour of men trudging through the desert before we get an explanation as to why they're there. The Objective might have a clear goal, but it's not sharing it with anybody.
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My husband made me watch this movie and it is more weird then scary. It is a bit creepy in a few parts but is a bit slow for me.Published 6 months ago by Melissa Knight-Fitzgerald
A haunting and unnerving film. Spellbinding, will watch more than once. A Keeper!Published 9 months ago by James Carroll
I am surprised the star, Jonas Ball, was not listed by Amazon.
He and all the actors were very good. They act like professionals on a mission and are very convincing. Read more
An excellent example of the science fiction action genre! Well worth the price!Published 11 months ago by Danny Kwabena