The Objective

2008

The Objective

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33%

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Total Count: 12

32%

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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) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (8)

  • [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.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Mar 11, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 22, 2008

    Alissa Simon

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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
  • ...a passable yet rather tedious piece of work.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • When the straggling survivors in The Objective learn they are expendable, they are also, much like the Nostromo crew, upset.

    Apr 7, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Objective

  • Sep 28, 2014
    Starts off interesting enough but just gets really stupid and confusing after a while.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2011
    a interesting concept at the heart of it all, most of which you learn allong the way, and done diferently there would be a lot of potential , but the setting of a bunch of soldiors going on the mission not really knowing fully why there there lead by a guy who does, dident fully work for me, and i kept thinking about the bigger matter at hand, it seems one of the guys who did the blair witch project is still directing, but theres nothing speciaL HES DOING
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2010
    Pretty much run of the mill CIA/Special forces op film to start with or so I thought. The true reason for them being there was slightly different....have the Taliban got a nuke? are they aliens? what the hell is going on?....well you never quite know and that let the film down at the end. Still a very well worked movie with an odd ending.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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