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The Objective [Blu-ray] [Region B German Import]

Jonas Ball    Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jonas Ball
  • Format: Import
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: EuroVideo
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B0RZC6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


German release, contains original English audio.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never less than Interesting but rarely more 27 Aug 2010
By Benminx
This is a kind of sci-fi tinged military drama set in Afghanistan. Jonas Ball, bearing an uncanny likeness to Burn Notice's Jeffery Donovan in voice and mannerisms, is the CIA operative sent in to lead a team of special forces troops into the desert and find a mysterious target. The CIA fears that Al Qaeda has got their hands on a nuclear bomb or other radiation source, but Ball's CIA goon is under orders to pretend they're going in to get a statement of support for the war from a holy man. And that's as far as I can go without giving away the plot (believe it or not all of the above is laid out via exposition in about the first 5 mins). After that the film is light on plot but heavy on atmosphere. Blair Witch co-helmer Daniel Meyrick tries to make the best of a (very) low budget, and succeeds to some degree. There are well executed eerie scenes in a village that highlight the cutlure clash gulfs to such an extreme that the villagers in Burkas almost feel alien. There are also a few brief combat scenes later on which feel quite realistic. Amusingly one of the plot elements has managed to make it easier for Meyrick to get by on a low budget and few special effects by explaining away generalised mysterious events as part of the overall plot. A few bizarre encounters are dealt with well, although at times this feels like it's borrowing very heavily from Blair Witch (wooden structures in odd places, map reading issues, a group fractuing under the stress of being in a gradually wierder situation etc). The mystery itself is interesting, and is handled well, but while the cast feel nicely varied and reasonably believable as well disciplined military figures, you do wonder why some of them don't freak out just a little more.
Overall, this is not high excitement or high drama - or even high action. It is however a well handled, desert set low budget drama with some nicely handled strangeness, sparing but effective CGI, and good acting.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An 'Objective' review - pun intended 14 April 2010
The Objective, from the director of the Blair witch project, is set in the midst of the current Afghan war, which is an original place for a supernatural thriller to begin from; the film follows an elite unit of soldiers tasked with protecting a CIA operative, who is seemingly willing to sacrifice everything in his pursuit of 'The Objective'.

Little is told to the soldiers protecting the CIA agent apart from the fact that they are searching for an Afghan holy-man named Mohammed Oban who may be able to shed some light on finding 'the objective'. As the squad proceeds deeper into the mountains in their search for the objective, the locals insist that they do not proceed into a region held in high regard for religious reasons, it soon becomes obvious that religious fervour is not the only thing keeping the locals out of the area...

The acting is solid, none of the names really ring a bell, but you won't be laughing at anyone's attempt at drama, aside from the rather dodgy bit of equipment the CIA agent lugs around the whole time, the film is genuinely believable and resultantly quite intriguing, a decent watch with some memorable moments, most notably the 'headlights' scene.
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'The Objective is a gripping, well crafted supernatural thriller which I have seen twice and which definitely improves on a second viewing. Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and made in the same documentary style by the team that created 'The Blair Witch Project', this movie is set in a remote tribal region of Afghanistan in 2001, shortly after 9/11 and before the US led invasion. When reconnaissance satellites pick up a radioactive heat signature, the CIA fears that Al-Qaida has acquired a nuclear weapon. Enigmatic agent Ben Keynes (effectively played by newcomer: Jonas Ball) is sent to investigate the phenomenon supported by a highly skilled team of US special forces operators. Keynes conceals from the other members of his group and most especially from its chief (played convincingly by Matt Anderson) that there is a hidden agenda behind the mission and the threat may originate from an alien force infinitely more powerful than human.

Casualties mount as the team closes in on its objective in a series of well staged fire fights that have an authentic look and feel to them. As is revealed in making of 'The Objective' extra, great care has gone into ensuring a high level of military accuracy in its production ... and it shows. Filmed in similar terrain in Morocco, the film also succeeds in displaying the pitiless nature of the Afghan desert and why it has been a burial ground for invading armies since the time of Alexander the Great.

As matters come to a highly unnerving head, Keynes finally admits to the few survivors of his party that his concealed objective all along has been to locate what is really there emitting the energy signature and-via a satellite linked video camera-to record and provide hard evidence of what happens when he eventually does.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
How many more angles can you build into a film, current Afghan war, special forces, CIA, supernatural, well all this comes together in this one film, and works really well on all fronts.

From the creators of 'The Blair Witch Project' you get that erie feeling plus more. I can't think of another film that brings all this together so well and would suggest you take a look for yourself, it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good story
Published 8 days ago by kevin gaffney
5.0 out of 5 stars but it wasn't too bad i suppose for a blind buy
it was an ok film, i'm not sure i even understand why it was made, but it wasn't too bad i suppose for a blind buy. Read more
Published 11 days ago by John Doe
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable
It's a massive anti-climax when you find out what is really going on, towards the end of the film. When it comes to the story, the film doesn't really work. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 1 month ago by stuart woodford
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Was Pleased with it.
Published 2 months ago by Tracey B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed this film. It was different from the norm
Published 2 months ago by G. Ashall
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Published 3 months ago by gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars This film for me would have been better with more of the unknown...
This film for me would have been better with more of the unknown revealed as the built up somewhat falls away a bit, its still enjoyable but I would have liked to see some ET... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ZiggyZacZo
1.0 out of 5 stars no comment
the dvd arrived loose in the case and badly scratched ,haven't heard about a refund yet
Published 3 months ago by davidhattermann
4.0 out of 5 stars My god, it's full of sand
The mysterious and the uncanny events that happen to this group of special forces soldiers, CIA man and afghan guide pulls you along, and you buy all that, however the most... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Will
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