Published on January 13th, 2013 | by Chris0
The Objective (2008)
The Objective was originally part of my Horror-themed War Movies list from back in October, but I was bored and I figured what the hell... so here we are. Actually it turned out to be not a bad little movie, despite a very strange premise and confusing ending.
In November, 2001, CIA operative Ben Keynes (Jonas Ball) is sent back to Afghanistan where he originally helped the Mujahedin fight the Soviets. This time, he's been sent after the source of a strange radioactive signature that was seen from orbit. With the help of a specially recruited special forces squad, led by Chief Hamer (Matthew R. Anderson) they set off into the Afghan desert in search of... well in search of whatever it was. They pick up a local guide Abdul (Chems-Eddine Zinoune) and their strange journey begins.
First attacked by a disappearing "ghost squad" in a mountain pass, then led in circles with no communications, or compass, the conflict internal to the squad, their surroundings, and the mysterious force grows. The great thing is here, its done really well. None of the usual crossover movie cheese or posturing, no really bad dialog or forced humor. This movie is emotionally dark in tone, and never really leaves that. The narration by Keynes only helps to solidify that stark hopelessness.... But I'm digressing.
Once things start getting really ugly, Keynes finally spills the true nature of their mission. They're in search of some alien or supernatural super weapon (hence, "The Objective") that has existed here since the time of Alexander the Great and before. Implying that this force is the reason that this country has been so difficult to conquer.
How does it end? Well, suffice to say it was a giant let down. Not at all what I was expecting, and it made no sense whatsoever given the rest of the movie.
For a "B" movie (I don't recall this being released on the big screen) its actually a really well done production. The acting, as I mentioned, is never bad, although nobody's going to be getting awards here. Mostly importantly, I bought it, I was able to "suspend my disbelief."
The Objective does get a bit graphic in a couple of spots, but not terribly bad overall. I'm going to give it a good 6/10. I would go higher but the WTF ending ruined what was otherwise an enjoyable film. But then I rather enjoy this sort of "supernatural" crossover stuff, so as they say, YMMV.
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The New Nightmare from the Co-Creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECTAfghanistan, 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...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Brand: MPI HOME VIDEO
Manufacturer: MPI HOME VIDEO
Original Release Date:
- Jon Huertas
- Michael C. Williams
- Jonas Ball
- Mike C. Williams
- Matt Anderson
- Factory sealed DVD
Good alien flick.,
This review is from: The Objective (Amazon Video)
I really enjoyed this flick. Good alien stuff here. Surprisingly good acting and effects for a movie I never heard of before. Writing was terrific, as well. I liked the ending, but those who need all the answers may not.
Worth a watch.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
better than I expected,
This review is from: The Objective (DVD)
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Objective (DVD)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... Read more
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Summary: A dark trip into the desert in search of an ancient evil weapon.... with an awful ending.