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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.
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.
This is the heaviest movie I have seen in years, and that it is made in the US is impressive.
Besides the references to Djinn and spirituality, there are plenty of goods and inconsistencies which play in either direction. I don't find it too distracting nor the need to argue that it sucks because of inflexibility of my own mind.
I would be interested to know more about the writers and directors understanding of the Eastern background and hear his commentary. Would love to. Also would like to see some action follow-up, but it would probably not be as good since we need a bit of mystery to it.
Key words in the film, include Keynes saying how he was the messenger. Altho he refered to the CIA here, he obviously became a spiritual messenger in the end thru making contact, and surviving--albeit obviously transformed. Now that he can levitate, radiate heat (or radiation?), speak the mysterious language of the Eastern mystics, and can probably do things no one else on earth can do, they have him locked away in a lab to study. That's sci fi for you.
I liked the team, but the first guy died a bit too easily. Some points could have been made clearer, but it lends to the mysticism by which only select audience might actually understand this movie. Wonderful blend of reality and sci fi mysticism here. I will run it by my action critic and see what he has to say (if anything, usually he just falls asleep in my movies).
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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 11 months ago by Philip and Melissa Knight-Fitzgerald
A haunting and unnerving film. Spellbinding, will watch more than once. A Keeper!Published 14 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 16 months ago by Danny Kwabena