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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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Ibtihal Iataren ...
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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$95 (USA) (6 February 2009)

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$95 (USA) (6 February 2009)
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Kenny Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and one of the Phase 1 instructors in the documentary series "Navy SEALs Class 234". See more »

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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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Stunning, but don't expect any neatly presented answers!
21 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, this was simply one of the best viewing experiences I have had in a long time, and believe me I watch a helluva lot of films! The cinematography was glorious, with astounding landscapes shot perfectly; also the score and sound effects track was simply out of this world, giving the film incredible ambiance and atmosphere throughout, and conjuring up perfectly a sense of esoteric mystery and making the unseen threat seem almost palpable in the desolate surroundings. In contrast to some of the other viewers' postings here on IMDb, I thought the acting was very realistic and believable, and the script well structured with good dialogue. Sure, the small company of soldiers here didn't have all the flashy catchphrasing and smart character interactions ("bughunt", "we're on an escalator to hell - going down!!") that we all love from "Aliens" (as has been pointed out in other postings) but that was because it wasn't necessary nor would have been appropriate in the scenarios in "The Objective". Also, more films than "Apocalypse Now" have utilized to good extent the voice-over narration technique, and this is one of them. There's no more dialogue here than necessary, and like the other soldiers in the company, the audience is given just enough information in the voice-over to allow them to piece together just what they "need to know". The main problem some viewers seem to have with this film is that the plot line leaves the audience thinking at the end, with no easy answers and nicely tied-up resolution. That is a great thing - it is not lazy film-making whatsoever. I feel sad for the person in the postings who had to ask such inane questions as to why the key character was shown at the end where he was and doing what he was doing and how he got there (note how I neatly sidestepped giving anything away then?!) The answer is: because it is a FILM and as such, constraints like time, budget and artistic convenience mean that not every single action needs to (or should) be shown to us. Many things in life itself are not totally explained or resolved to the individual - and just as here, it is up to each viewer to come to his own ultimate conclusion and piece together a few fragments of their own. Bear these comments in mind before viewing, and if you are a viewer who enjoys a neat and tidy happy ending, then please look elsewhere. Otherwise, enjoy a simply excellent piece of film-making and cinematic experience!!


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