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The Objective -- A group of Special Ops Reservists on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Daniel Myrick (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
24 April 2008 (Morocco) See more »
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We haven't seen the real enemy See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Ambitious movie that is Interesting despite flaws,,, See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jonas Ball ... Benjamin Keynes

Matthew R. Anderson ... Chief Warrant Officer Wally Hamer

Jon Huertas ... Sgt. Vincent Degetau

Michael C. Williams ... Sgt. Trinoski

Sam Hunter ... Sgt. Tim Cole

Jeff Prewett ... Sgt. Pete Sadler
Kenny Taylor ... MSgt. Tanner
Chems-Eddine Zinoune ... Abdul
Qzaibar Allal ... Village Chief
Hammou Abaou ... Abdul's Mother
Rkia Chkaroll ... Village Woman in Burka
Ibtihal Iataren ... Girl with the Woman
El Hayrani Lekbir ... Hermit

P. David Miller ... Maj. Matt McCarthy

Vanessa Johansson ... Stacy Keynes

Jacqueline Harris ... Matilde Seymour - BBC Reporter
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Directed by
Daniel Myrick 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Daniel Myrick (screenplay) &
Mark A. Patton (screenplay) and
Wesley Clark (screenplay) (as Wesley Clark Jr.)

Daniel Myrick (story) &
Mark A. Patton (story)

Produced by
Steffen Aumueller .... executive producer
Andrea Balen .... co-producer
Claus Clausen .... executive producer
Corina Danckwerts .... co-executive producer
Karim Debbagh .... co-producer
Ian Gibbins .... executive producer
Zev Guber .... producer
Richard Halpern .... co-producer
Gary Hamilton .... executive producer
Glenn M. Stewart .... executive producer
Victor Syrmis .... executive producer
Jeremy Wall .... producer
Zora A. Wolter .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Kays Al-Atrakchi 
 
Cinematography by
Stephanie Martin 
 
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie 
Robert Florio 
 
Casting by
John Jackson 
 
Production Design by
Frank Bollinger 
 
Costume Design by
Glenn Gregory Krah 
 
Makeup Department
Souad Khattabi .... key makeup artist
Isabella Wiley .... makeup department head
Isabella Wiley .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Andrea Balen .... production supervisor
Charles Arthur Berg .... unit production manager (as Charles Berg)
Darya Danesh .... unit production manager
Mourad Ismaël .... production manager
George Rizkallah .... post-production supervisor
Chris F. Woods .... post-production supervisor (as Christopher Francis Woods)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... second second assistant director
Yann Mari Faget .... key second assistant director
Ahmed Hatimi .... first assistant director
Jeremy Wall .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Hicham Afghani .... property master
Cutty Cuthbert .... set dresser (as Bryan Cuthbert)
Tayeb ElAlaoui .... set dresser
Tobias Günthner .... construction manager
Younes Sakhi .... construction assistant
Saida Temofonte .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Bastien Benkhelil .... foley editor
Bastien Benkhelil .... foley mixer
Kyle Clausen .... foley editor
Robert Ehrenreich .... foley mixer
Iris Karina .... boom operator (as Iris Lohninger)
Patricio A. Libenson .... foley artist
Tim D. Lloyd .... additional sound mixer
Karl W. Lohninger .... sound mixer
Karl W. Lohninger .... sound supervisor
Walter New .... sound designer
Caleb Stambaugh .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Conor Coughlan .... special effects supervisor
Souad Khattabi .... special effects makeup
Sergio Matos .... special effects technician
Isabella Wiley .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Mitch Gates .... CG supervisor: Encore Hollywood
Thomas D. Moser .... visual effects
Ahren Thomas .... digital compositor
Chris F. Woods .... visual effects supervisor (as Chris Woods)
 
Stunts
Joseph Beddelem .... stunt coordinator
Philippe Losson .... stunts
Francois Poirier .... stunt driver
Francois Poirier .... stunts
Cedric Proust .... stunt coordinator
Mustapha Touki .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco de Fillipis .... electrician
Francis Dreiss .... still photographer
Ilham El Abdi .... assistant camera (as Ilham El Abid)
Abbes Ghazouani .... video assistant
Said Lagbouri .... assistant camera
Nicolas Martin .... Steadicam operator
Youssef Mohattane .... camera trainee
Imad Rechiche .... first assistant camera: b
Ahmed Saadi .... grip
Lilia Sellami .... first assistant camera
Abdeljalil Zougar .... electrician
Aziz Zougar .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Mohamed Essaghir Aabach .... casting assistant
Zinedine Ibnou Jabal .... casting: Morocco
Omar Tisli .... casting agent: Morocco
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Otmane Khammari .... costume supervisor: Morocco
Nadia Kharraz .... costumer
Bouazza Waradi .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michael LaPointe .... assistant editor
Narbeh Tatoussian .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Transportation Department
Abdelatif Agoujil .... transportation
Ali Bakkioui .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Rachid Azbeg .... production runner
Driss Benchhiba .... location manager
Driss Benchiba .... location manager
Simone Boudriot .... script supervisor
Meredith Clark .... assistant to producer
Ambyr Davis .... production coordinator
Zouhar El Fassi .... accountant (as Zouheir El Fassi)
Jaouad El Kacimi .... location scout
Akram Elkouzouz .... dialogue coach
Melitta Fitzer .... production accountant
Aaron Goldstein .... assistant: Mr Myrick
Mustapha Harkati .... military assistant
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Jennifer Hughes .... production counsel
Dan Karcher .... web site designer
Redouane Nasserdine .... location assistant (as Ridouane Nassreddine)
Duncan Stewart .... production assistant
Widad Taha .... production coordinator
Nick Teta .... military advisor
 
Thanks
Wali Razaqi .... special thanks
Paul Sinor .... special thanks
 

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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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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References Star Wars (1977)See more »

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52 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious movie that is Interesting despite flaws,,,, 3 September 2008
Author: Siamois from Canada

The Objective is, in many ways, reminiscent of science-fiction movies of old, particularly the 70s. But whether it was intentional of Daniel Myrick or it simply is a coincidence, I wouldn't know. One thing is for sure, the real magic and strength of older science-fiction classics is not fully conjured here.

This small-budget movie's premise is simple but opens many possibilities. An elite military commando is sent on a mission in the tensed, war-torn present-day Afghanistan. They are led by a mysterious government operative. Their "Objective" is relatively unclear but considering the risks taken, the stakes must be high. As the story unfolds, the mystery remains and the plot thickens but we are still left with a sour taste as the development and tension doesn't pay off much.

There's a mish-mash of elements here that have been a success in other works and movies. Shades of The Andromeda Strain. Shades of Aliens. Shades of Space Odyssey, of Altered States and of old Bermuda Triangle Movies. More than anything, with just a little rework, this could have been a solid X-Files movie. CIA agent Ben Keynes could easily become FBI agents Mulder and Scully, which would have made things much more dynamic.

One of the biggest problem The Objective suffers from is an underdeveloped protagonist and cardboard peripheral characters. One of the secrets to the success of Aliens is that James Cameron, in a much busier storyline, was able to present his space marines as more than mere Alien-hamburgers. In just a few lines, or a few silent frames, we are exposed to colorful personalities and the various interactions between them. In The Objective, not only are the special force members absolutely bland, but they don't even interact in interesting ways with the plot or the main character. When a film-maker introduces characters that are obvious plot tools, I call this weak film-making. But when such characters aren't even effective tools, I call this awful film-making. And that's unfortunately the case here.

As for the actual plot... suffice it to say it is intriguing. A few hints are given here and there in the movie that might help figure out what the shocking resolution means. We are firmly in speculative science-fiction at times, much like old sci-fi. This makes this flawed movie a valid entry for fans of the genre but others would be better off passing.

This is still a solid effort by Daniel Myrick and commendable on an $8,000,0000 budget. But it seems a less ambitious, more tightly knit plot would have been preferable over too large a scope.

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