The Objective

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Daniel Myrick
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

My name is Benjamin Keynes.

I work for the directorat

of operations within the...

Central Intelligence Agency.

Three days after 9/11,

reconnaissance satellites picked up

a radioactive heat signature...

in a remote tribal region

of Afghanistan.

The Agency feared Al-Qaeda may finally

got their hands on a nuclear weapon.

However, I was told by a local source

with a high degree of confidence...

that it was maybe something

much more powerful...

It has been more than ten years,

since I left this place.

I forgot how brutal it could be.

I feel like every time we enter this country,

it tries to spit us back out.

Almost everyone here at the TO

is too busy fighting a war,

to pay much attention to me.

Which is a good thing.

Sir, Agent Keynes.

I finally met the CO

and the teamleader,

Sergeant Wallis Hamer.

I gave them the official line, as if

I read it from the memo back at Langley.

Major Keynes, this may be your show,

but these are my boys, understand?


No doubt they assumed I was lying.

My first order of business was to recconect

with my local source, Mohammed Aban.

He asked me come, therefore I hope that

he is there, when we knock at his door.

Sir, the men are ready for you now.

Major Keynes, let me introduce

you to the guys.

This is my team daddy, Master-Sergeant Tanner,

he's also our fox, intel.

He helped me put the group together

back in the day.

- Our senior medic, Sergeant Degetau.

- What's up, man.

Demolitions, Sergeant Trinoski.

The on the floor there is Sergeant Cole.

And last but not least, Sergeant Sadler,

he's weapons and resident Afghan expert.

You won't find any better.

That's why I'm here.

Gentlemen, thankyou for

coming together on such short notice.

My orders are to make contact

with an HVT called Mohammed Aban.

A cleric, living in

the Southern provinces.

We're to get his

recorded statement,

in which he supports

the American mission here.

This is our man.

Everybody take a look.

Aban is highly respected

by the local population.

He's considered the spiritual force,

that helped the Mujahadin defeat the Soviets.

I thought the CIA was the spiritual force

that helped them defeat the Soviets.

That depends of your definition

of spiritual, sergeant.

Aban has kept a very low profile

under the Taliban,

so it is crucial

that we make contact,

as soon as we have

a fix on his position.

Remember, when we hit the ground,

this is a meet and greet.

To smile at the locals,

we hand out pens,

we win hearts and minds.

No kicking in doors, okay?

The mission starts at 1400 hours.

- 0230 we are wheels up.

- Let's move out.

Remember nothing's routine.

Special Forces Team 392.

I'd actually heard of them.

They worked with the Zagran.

Smart men, men good with secrets.

But that goes without saying.

Nice camera.

I gave my wife one for our anniversary.

Still don't know how to use the damn thing.

That's because

you never let her use it, Ski.

What kind of a man gives his wife a

video camera for their anniversary?

- Very romantic, ski.

- I'll use it to film the baby when it comes.

Your wife's gonna

spread her legs,

let you put the camera right here

and film the head coming out?

My sister's gonna

do the recording,

I still don't know how to

use the damn thing.

All I'm saying is don't be surprised

if your baby's born with a suntan.

Two minutes!

Get ready!

When I stepped off the chopper,

I had an overwhelming sense of relief.

The time for second-guessing is over.

The objective is all that matters.

I have no choice now but to find it.

- It's pretty quiet from here.

- Those are the ones I worry about most.

I say we set an overwatch.

Yeah, you and Pete set up

down there on that hill.

Let us know

when it's good to go.

Everyone else, Keynes and I are the

welcome wagon. We go in first.

- Keynes, are you ready?

- Yeah, let's do it.

Everybody keep your eyes open.

The place could be crawlin' with bad guys.


Let me talk to her.

Nothing has changed

since I was here last.

The only way you can tell

which decade you're in...

is the colour

of the soldiers' uniforms.

Aban contacted me a week before I

received orders to come out here.

He was barely coherent at the time and

I thought he'd finally lost his mind.

That was until

we saw it for ourselves.

My grandfather says, he has gone because

the Taliban would have murdered him.

What d'you want?.

You want some chocolate?

Got some special stuff.

I got that from New York. For you.

You're a smart, little kid.

Looks like we're gonna be

ghostbustin' again.

Yeah, well,

that's what Spooks do, isn't it?

Hey, any of you guys get a close

look at that camera?

No, what's wrong with it?

He didn't pick that sh*t up at the PX,

I'll tell you that much.

Need to use the radio.

Serpent 76. Serpent 76.

This is Beast 92, over.

Serpent 76, we're at the location.

The package is not here.

Request immediate

extraction, over.

We found Aban's house,

but we can't tell...

if we're finding clues

or breadcrumbs.

I wonder what these people

would do...

if they had suddenly the power

to destroy nations.

The rest of us can only pray that

they have become weary of fighting.

My grandfather says that no-one

can liberate Afghanistan.

Only Allah can free us

from the Taliban.

Yes, I know. My father took me

there a few years ago...

He showed me the place

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Daniel Myrick

Daniel Myrick (born September 3, 1963) is an American film director most famous for horror films, especially for co-directing and writing the 1999 psychological horror The Blair Witch Project with Eduardo Sánchez, for which they won the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. more…

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