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The Objective -- When reconnaissance satellites pick up a radioactive heat signature in a remote tribal region of Afghanistan, CIA Agent Benjamin Keynes (Jonas Ball) is sent in to investigate the phenomenon.
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.
The Objective -- See and hear Daniel Myrick's insights on making The Objective.
The Objective -- A featurette on the making of The Objective.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
24 April 2008 (Morocco) See more »
We haven't seen the real enemy See more »
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 »
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Directed by
Daniel Myrick 
Writing credits
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)
Benamara Azeddine .... stunt performer
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
Zouggar Abdel Jalil .... electrician
Said Lagbouri .... assistant camera
Nicolas Martin .... Steadicam operator
Youssef Mohattane .... camera trainee
Youssef Mohattane .... v.t.r.
Rachid Mssiaidi .... key grip
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
Matthew Boulais .... production assistant
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
Wali Razaqi .... special thanks
Paul Sinor .... special thanks

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USA:90 min
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Did You Know?

Kenny Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and one of the Phase 1 instructors in the documentary series "Navy SEALs Class 234".See more »
Factual errors: In the beginning of the movie Benjamin Keyes is introduced as Agent Keyes. Members of the CIA are called intelligence officers, an agent is someone hired or recruited from the outside.See more »
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References Ghostbusters (1984)See more »


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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A good movie with serious flaws, 28 August 2008
Author: pmdawn

"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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