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You Cannot Fight What Isn't There, You Cannot Kill What Doesn't Live

A group of Special Ops Reservists on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.


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  • The Alleged Car: The vehicle used in the film was in rough shape when it started. After it gets shot a few times, it's even worse, to the point the Unit has to abandon it.
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  • Ancient Aliens: The UFOs go back to the time of Hindu myth as Vimanas and allegedly harassed the forces of Alexander the Great in his time in Afghanistan.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Abdul throws himself off a cliff, understanding that there's no way out of the mountains.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: The soldiers inherently distrust Keynes as a CIA officer, assuming they're being sent in to clean up the Agency's own mess. It's clear by the end the CIA knew about the aliens and sacrificed Keynes as the Unit to learn more.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Several members of the Unit are instantly vaporized by the Vimanas.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Holy Mountains" are this, with the terrain shifting in impossible ways and radios, compasses, and other electronics don't work.
  • Friend or Foe: The Unit accidentally kills the old man when they see what they assume to be hostile forces deep in the mountains.
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  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The end credits reveal the whole operation was covered up, with Keynes and the Unit officially listed as MIA.
  • Infrared Xray Camera: Keynes's camera does some pretty interesting things.
    He didn't pick that shit up from the PX
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Seargant Sadler typically uses a sniper rifle of the M1A variety. While entering a cave, he switches to a pistol.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The Vimanas are accompanied by a chant/cry that sounds like a Muslim Adhan.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The old man the Unit meets in the cave is seen wearing an old British uniform under his robes. Which would make him over a century old if he really was the sole survivor of a Victorian British encounter with the Vimanas.
  • River of Madness: Minus the river, but the desert and mountains of Afghanistan serve the same for the Unit as they trek deeper and deeper, shifting in ways that should be impossible as the team loses their minds.
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  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Averted. Even though he goes through significant psychological trauma, and though his compatriots use the Cluster F-Bomb frequently, Benjamin Keynes does not utter a single hell, damn, or gosh darnit through the entire film.
  • The Smart Guy: Sgt. Sadler serves as this for the team, having a broad knowledge on multiple topics including the Vimanas.
  • The Stoic: Keynes retains an ice-cold attitude through everything, in sharp contrast to the increasing desperation and fear of the soldiers escorting him.


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