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The Objective (2009)

Jon Huertas , Michael C. Williams , Daniel Myrick  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Huertas, Michael C. Williams, Jonas Ball, Mike C. Williams, Matt Anderson
  • Directors: Daniel Myrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The New Nightmare from the Co-Creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

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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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Outpost, you'll like The Objective August 28, 2011
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This movie flirts with the idea that the old notions of the magical Djinn are based in truth, and that out in the deserts of the Middle East they are still to be found.

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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Posssibly the worst movie I have seen in ten years August 18, 2012
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As an Action / Adventure / Military genre film, this one appeared to have decent potential for the first thirty minutes or so: A small group of soldiers (special forces), a CIA operative returning to Afghanistan, a mysterious and secret Objective... the table was set for an exciting, dramatic, mystery and adventure.

Too bad the film begins to unravel almost immediately after [SPOILER ALERT] the first random character is shot and killed by enemy fighters who fade quite literally into the landscape. From that point on, everyone is at risk...of being zapped into oblivion by some unknown force, or being shot by the panicking soldiers, or taking their own life due to their overwhelming fear. Periodically, a new death would shake me awake and engage me for another minute or two, in the false, ultimately unfulfilled hope that I would learn what force of nature was at work here. Suffice it to say that we never really learn anything...except that having a story line is not a prerequisite for a feature film. Fools like me will continue to watch a picture that has, after the first forty five minutes, already disappointed.

If you're thinking about this one, don't make the mistake I did. Choose sleep.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it December 26, 2012
By johno
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Lots of mixed reviews on this one. But, I thought the Objective was a great movie. Sure there's many unanswered questions--many times that's what makes for a good story. Not all of us want all the answers spoon-fed to us. The camera work is great, lots of eerie scenes, and a good story of supernatural meets sci-fi meets military action.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then expected... March 21, 2014
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After reading all the reviews, didn't expect much. It is evident through the film of the same type of open ending of the Blair Witch Project, and I guess a producer or something was connected to that. But instead of being lost in the woods, they are lost in the desert, and the ending is really up to you to decide. Was it aliens, or some other force.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Sci-Fi Attempt February 24, 2014
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One thing that none of the other reviewers get is this is a cerebral and deep weave of several interrelated folk tales and legends combined with evidence contained in the Holy Writings of the Vedas a compilation on early pre-Hindu accounts of flying craft that remain the source of legends and stories like that of Aladdin, Flying Carpets and Sanskrit writings that pre-date known history! This is not a film for people seeking cheap thrills or amazing CGI. If you have a knowledge of some of this material you will enjoy it. Otherwise if you are a pimple faced adolescent with sexual identity problems stay away from it.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Objective: Confuse the audience August 14, 2011
The Objective is supposedly about a Special Forces team sent on a mysterious mission to Afghanistan to investigate what might or might not be a UFO. But let's be honest: director Daniel Myrick had access to film in a desert/mountainous region and wanted to make a movie out of it.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment.
It is hard for me to watch military movies but I enjoyed this one. This movie tells a good story and is very entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars good but different movie
I really like this movie, its certainly not your glossy special effects laden type but its good. based in Afghanistan a cia agent and spec forces team go looking for an 'informant'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by steviejblue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Woodrow W. Pope
2.0 out of 5 stars Squirrelly
This movie had moments of intensity that gripped my attention due the action and effects. However, it seemed like little more than a string of weird events culminating in a sudden,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John W Kretser Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
This movie was a very good effort and a very original idea...a new spin on the typical u.f.o. movie in a new historically relevant setting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fizzle
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts out ok...
but toward the middle and on into the ending it's seriously dodgy. There is no resolution. There is no expanded understanding of the premise, if there is one.
Published 4 months ago by kfractal
2.0 out of 5 stars Just so so
The war fights scenes are pretty good but the theme of the story itself is pretty unclear. Not sure what is it about and felt kind of waste of time at the end.
Published 4 months ago by Mike Lai
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't the Blu-Ray available in the States?
If you enjoy reasonably well done military films, have an appetite for mystery (i.e., you don't mind NOT being spoon fed), and are a smidge familiar with Vedic mythology, you'll... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Mullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disappointing
The movie had promise, but it went way too long on the trek across Afghanistan, and you never really got to understand what the objective was all about. It just ended. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars The Objective: Something out of nothing
The Objective is an excellent example of a film made on a fairly low budget without reliance on big name stars, costly special effects or computer generated manipulation yet still... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Eager
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