The Objective (2008 film)

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Summary

A team of U.S. Special Ops forces is dispatched to a remote mountain region of Afghanistan with the ostensible orders of locating an influential Muslim cleric. While on the mission they find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil and faced with an enemy that none of them could have imagined.

Details

  • Release Date: 2008
  • Country/Language: US/Morocco, English and Pushto with subtitles
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, War
  • Setting: Modern Afghanistan, Delta Green, "Weird World War" (actually the 2001-2014 War in Afghanistan)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
  • Starring: Jonas Ball, Matthew R. Anderson, Jon Huertas
  • Director: Daniel Myrick
  • Writer: Daniel Myrick
  • Producer/Production Co: Jaz Films, Kasbah-Film Tanger
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (Violence and Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • HorrorNews dotnet, (link) - "What seems to be just a trek through the hills is actually a discovery of something unexplainable and mysterious, so much that it's beyond description for the most part...."
  • Ryan MacDonald at the Horror Asylum (link) - "It’s reasonably well-acted and doesn’t look as cheap as it probably was, but that’s it for niceties, I’m afraid. I’ve never been a fan of the military horror film, and this one doesn’t change my mind, it’s a crushing bore."
  • Stacie Ponder at Final Girl (link) - "The Objective succeeds tenfold in raising expectations. ... Unfortunately, it's in the resolution that the movie falters... The Objective defies easy categorization- there's not much by way of "horror" here beyond a relentless feeling of the uncanny. Sci fi purists may bemoan the lack of...well, sci fi. The film is an intriguing exercise in "less is more", although for some less may simply be not enough.
  • Carlos deVilla at Cinema 365 (link) - " Like in his magnum opus, there is a low budget vibe here, a less-is-more style of filmmaking. Most of the tension is brought on by things off-camera, allowing the viewer’s imagination to take off with them."

Synopsis

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A team of U.S. Special Ops forces is dispatched to a remote mountain region of Afghanistan with the ostensible orders of locating an influential Muslim cleric. While on the mission they find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil and faced with an enemy that none of them could have imagined.


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