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The Objective (2008)

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A military special operations team, led by a CIA case officer, are on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan where they find themselves in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.



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Qzaibar Allal ...
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Maj. Matt McCarthy
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A military special operations team, led by a CIA case officer, are on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan where they find themselves in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.

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24 April 2008 (Morocco)  »

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Asymmetri apeili  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$95 (USA) (6 February 2009)


$95 (USA) (6 February 2009)

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The IR Camera that Ben uses has the same settings (.95/20/0 degrees C), day or night wherever and whenever it was used because the on-loan IR camera was dropped and broke during the filming. Then IR footage was created using video effects to resemble actual IR camera footage. (According to director Daniel Myrick). See more »


During the failed helicopter extraction at 0:33 the team uses a couple of great techniques to make them more visible to the inbound helicopter crew. They attach "chem-lites" to their gear and with one attached to a length of chord, twirl the chem-lite into what is referred to as a "buzz-saw". The only problem - they use green chem-lites which are virtually invisible to night vision goggles the aircrews would be using. True buzz-saws and other markings are done with either red or infrared (IR) chem-lites which are very pronounced under NVGs and harder (red) or impossible(IR) to see with the naked eye. See more »


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A good movie with serious flaws
28 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Objective" is a really cool movie. You have a CIA agent working with military men in Afghanisthan, and weird, paranormal stuff happens. There's a sense of realism - which was probably Myrick's objective - that is very well done here. You feel like you're there with the guys, in that immense, isolated, mysterious space.

It's this sense of immersion and the suspense that propells me to give this movie a 6/10, purely because I really enjoyed it. But that's not to say it is without flaws; au contraire, the story is like a mechanical swiss cheese, with obvious, unavoidable and perhaps intentional plot holes - the problem is that some of them nearly ruined the film for me, and will certainly ruin it for the casual science-fiction fan.

So there you have it - I liked this movie and I'd recommend it - but I feel this movie could have been so much better if not for some serious flaws.

The painfully obvious first one is the narration, done by the main actor. Actually, there are two problems here - the protagonist seems miscast, or at least the actor seems to have a speech impediment problem. I'm not joking, he doesn't narrate, he... mumbles. I hope this was not intentional.

One complaint that I've seen in other reviews, but for me would be nit-picking, are about some of the visual effects. Not the FX themselves, but rather the use of them. Like many I feel some things are best left to our imaginations, and this movie is a nice example of getting this sort of thing wrong.

There's a fantastic scene in the middle of the movie that involves binoculars. In this scene, the "leave it to the imagination" part is incredibly scary. Here, it works. Later on, not so much.

I will only further comment on the ending, and I don't have many words to describe my reaction. In a way, it's a genius ending, and in another, you feel like you've been made a fool of. It's usually good to be left with a mystery, but sometimes it pisses people off, and sadly, this is the case with me and "The Objective".

I know I'll watch it again, though.


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