Christopher C. Colvin | Portland, OR | 01/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good movie and well worth your time and money.
This is an excellent example of a moderately budgeted film without the extreme special effects of overblown Hollywood "blockbusters". It delivers an involving story, convincing characters, and really shames the Hollywood elite who think "Hancock" is what the public wants.
It is obvious that research was done to find out how special forces units work, act, and speak. This is appreciated when you consider that may of the movies out there don't even have rank insignia placed on uniforms correctly. This is a real irritant for someone who has military experience.
The story itself is a take on "Heart of Darkness" and I think that is all I'll say about the plot...
A well done story, an excellent cast, and way beyond the Hollywood drek.
Andrew F | Seattle, WA | 11/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being in the Army, I always hate movies which feature the military but give it the "Hollywood" treatment which renders it completely unrealistic. However, I can see that The Objective hews as close to actual Army operations and tactics as I have seen in a movie. Everything is authentic, from how they are dressed to the equipment they use to how they speak on the radio. I give it 5 stars just for that.
As for the movie itself, it follows a CIA agent and team of Special Forces soldiers (an "A-team" or Detachment Alpha) as they search supposedly for an important contact. However, as the movie progresses the truth is revealed. This movie is great because there is tension at many different levels, including between the CIA agent and the Special Forces team.
I thought the ending was a little weak, but otherwise I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone!"
Combat Horror With A Unique Twist!
Brian Lueth | Chicago, IL United States | 09/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure there'll be some out there that compare this to the recently released combat horror film Red Sands, and they're not entirely wrong as there are a few similarities, but in my opinion The Objective is a bit more unique and original.
First lemme just let you know that the things you'll be seeing in this film will leave you perhaps confused and justifiably so, there aren't many people (outside of geeks like me) that have an inkling as to what a VIMANA is. I'm not going to give you much to go on so the film isn't spoiled but VIMANAS owe their origins to early Sanskrit Epics. In other words...this isn't something you've seen in a movie before; it's fresh, interesting and quite freaky.
It appears that combat horror has been gaining momentum and that's fine by me because I love seeing soldiers pitted against the unknown. The Objective definitely fits the bill of combat horror worth checking out. I can't promise you'll like the characters and I'm not going to answer any questions you may have after seeing this. I'll leave it up to you to make up your own minds and go on to research the concept yourselves. I will say this...Daniel Myrick really tried to tap something new and different and he put himself "out there" to do so while others are content to ride the remake train. Myrick is the man in my book.
I really enjoyed The Objective and I'd recommend checking it out if you're looking for a sci-fi/combat horror film that attempts to buck the trend and offer something unique. Not everybody is going to dig it but I'll probably buy it, those darn VIMANAS scared the heck out of me."
Blair Witch Revisited
Eric Sanberg | Berwyn, IL United States | 05/31/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Daniel Myrick, one of the directors of the Blair Witch Project, spins the Blair Witch storyline a bit and comes up with this nifty other-worldly thriller. Like Blair Witch, he strands a group of people, in this case a special ops force, in a hostile environment and sets a supernatural agent upon them.
These special ops dudes, headed by a CIA operative, are in search of, what we're told, may be nuclear weapons in Afghanistan. He gives his men some more benign story but they know something's up. Even with the help of a local guide, they become lost. Is it because all their high-tech gear ceases to function or has the terrain actually changed.
Soon they are set upon by an enemy and, one by one, they are picked off or choose to off themselves. Mr. CIA is filming all of this with an infra-red camera and uplinking it home via infra-red. He sees things through the camera his men cannot see and finally he spills the beans to the one remaining soldier. He is trying to verify, for the CIA, the existence of Vimanas which seem to be an other-worldly force that may have been around even before Alexander the Great's conquests. They may be the ultimate weapon.
As I mentioned, it's a remake of Blair Witch but with a larger budget and scope. Myrick even uses a re-occurring icon not dissimilar to the one used in Blair Witch. This is a good, solid undertaking with a mid-sized budget. The story is good. The acting is adequate and the directing is solid. As another reviewer noted, this shows you don't need truckloads of money and huge stars to make a good movie. Granted, had this had some known names, it would have gotten better backing and distribution but that's the business, not the art. If you're at all disposed to this kind of film, this is well worth your time and money.
I will argue the ending. It's very brief (one shot held for a few seconds) and I'm not certain what Myrick was trying to convey. But by that time the movie was over and I was pretty much satisfied so I won't lean on that too heavily."