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The Objective (2008)

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A team of U.S. Special Ops forces is dispatched to a remote mountain region of Afghanistan with the ostensible orders of locating an influential Muslim cleric. While on the mission they find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil and faced with an enemy that none of them could have imagined.

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Cast

Jonas Ball
as Ben Keynes
Jon Huertas
as Sgt. Vincent Degateau
Sam Hunter
as Sgt. Tim Cole
Jeff Prewett
as Peter Sadler
Kenny Taylor
as Townsend
Vanessa Johansson
as Stacy Keynes
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Critic Reviews for The Objective

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

[Director] Myrick does an admirable job of spinning tension from a group of guys mostly standing around, but too often the film's portentous tone seems more silly than suspenseful.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Ten years on, it's hard to begrudge the director for trying to make a comeback by rehashing his prior formula, but perhaps he should have stuck even closer and handed the cameras to the actors again

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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With a low-budget look, cliched dialogue, a stale plot and so-so acting, this supernatural thriller is unlikely to achieve the phenomenal success of its fabled predecessor.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Variety
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Although the film has an undeniably strong, suspenseful tone -- not to mention symbolic resonance -- it doesn't rise above its overly familiar setup.

May 15, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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...a passable yet rather tedious piece of work.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

When the straggling survivors in The Objective learn they are expendable, they are also, much like the Nostromo crew, upset.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for The Objective

½

There's a point, around the half hour mark, where this movie may or may not lose you. It's the type of scene that shows how the lack of a big budget can cripple a sci-fi movie. The Objective is a schizophrenic little film that wants to be more than what it's unfortunately capable of. The film takes place in Afghanistan, as a CIA agent has taken a group of special ops soldiers on an undisclosed mission to find some supposed atomic weapons of mass destruction. As the group travels further into the country, they encounter more and more maddening things, including strange lights and ghosts from centuries past. Daniel Myrick (who also wrote The Blair Witch Project) writes and directs what seems to be an attempt to capture lightning twice, as the film attempts the what-is-happening realism that made Blair Witch such a pioneering work. Unfortunately, it's been ten years since the Blair Witch Project came out, and movies in this style have been pretty played out. This film has several other strikes against it, including sci-fi channel movie-of-the-week quality special effects and at times, student film quality acting by some of the leads (really, there were times towards the end where the performances became laughable). The film does however, start off quite strong and I can't fully dismiss it as a whole. Also, I found the subject matter to be quite interesting, and even if the ending practically torpedoes the entire film, I can't say I didn't enjoy it overall.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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A classified and dangerous mission set in Afghanistan focusing on American soldiers encountering something much more than just the Taliban that makes us question whether or not we should fear our government, our military, or something entirely different. Stunning cinematography!

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

Totally bullshit. Cheap movie.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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