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The Objective

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Daniel Myrick

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About the Movie

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. Amidst the bedlam of the war-torn region, the Agency fears that Al-Qaida has finally gotten their hands on a nuclear weapon. However, it seems that this threat may be coming from something much more powerful, and definitely not human. THE OBJECTIVE blurs genre lines in a smart look at post-9/11 paranoia as well as at the ancient cultural reasons why hundreds of years of conflict and numerous attempts at occupation have made war after war in Afghanistan end, or at least become suspended, in futility. From IFC Films. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 New York City Horror Festival, THE OBJECTIVE is "a very sweaty psychological thriller" – Scott Weinberg, CINEMATICAL

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: With a low-budget look, cliched dialogue, a stale plot and so-so acting, this supernatural thriller is unlikely to achieve the phenomenal success of its fabled predecessor. – Alissa Simon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: [Director] Myrick does an admirable job of spinning tension from a group of guys mostly standing around, but too often the film's portentous tone seems more silly than suspenseful. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Although the film has an undeniably strong, suspenseful tone -- not to mention symbolic resonance -- it doesn't rise above its overly familiar setup. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Ten years on, it's hard to begrudge the director for trying to make a comeback by rehashing his prior formula, but perhaps he should have stuck even closer and handed the cameras to the actors again – Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

What happened?

I'm no slouch when it comes to following and/or appreciating nuanced films. I'm not one of those expecting explosions every five minutes or a bit of skin to keep my attention. This was one of the most ill-conceived, faintly acted and generally vague films I have ever seen. Honestly, I would really not recommend this to anyone. Student level filmmaking.


Don't listen to Rotten review! This movie is absolutely captivating. Makes me think of M. Night Shyamalan. In a good way.

Wow. Amazing Film

One of the best films I've seen in a long time. This is not a horror movie. This is a military thriller/drama about an unknown force of unknown origin in Afghanistan, being tracked by the CIA. The tension and pace keeps you through the entire film, fantastic acting ensemble. Beautifully shot. Amazing sound.

Weird, strange spooky film.

Leaves you with more questions than answers.

HIGHLY recommend.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2008

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