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The Objective

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IRYYCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Objective" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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I'm not going to lie, I was bored and was looking for something new that wasn't so mainstream ish. I came across this and read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I went into it with very low expectations and was actually hoping for something that would put me to sleep. Turns out I was wrong, guess the plot isn't very great and the movie leaves a lot to the imagination. If you're that kind of movie watcher then you will enjoy it. I watched this with my Amazon Prime membership. I was not disappointed and the movie kept me going to the end. I don't understand why people give it one star, they were probably expecting an Oscar performance out of a low budget film. Go into it with an open mind, take it for what its worth and see for yourself I did not a bad movie. I give it 4 stars because I was pleasantly suprised at how good it was. I'm not want to write reviews on movies but I decided to for this one.
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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 probably enjoy this. I know I did (actually, I was amazed that this film was made at all).

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.
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This movie will soar over most American heads.

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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