Robert De Niro
Aside from being predictable as hell (grizzled war veteran who isolates himself from everyone as he struggles with sins of the past), the writing wasnít exactly stellar when it came to dialogue. I did however enjoy the use of Johnny Cashís song, ĎDonít Take Your Guns To Towní. There were some decent stunts, and a memorable bit with an arrow in the face (that looked painful as shit), but the fighting felt a little paint by numbers. And the shrapnel thingÖsigh. Are you kidding me? Not to ruin anything, but De Neroís got shrapnel stuck in his leg that he left in there, partly to remind him of the past and because it was supposed to be hard to remove. Clearly, this isnít the case. I wonít tell you what happens, but rest assured its lame as hell.
KILLING SEASON isnít anything to write home about. Itís a standard war themed revenge plot that doesnít try to fool us into thinking itís anything but. Props to Travoltaís character though for surviving his original plight (itís a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief), but aside from all the trivial nonsense, I did enjoy the end result of the film, even if it makes everything feel more than a little redundant. Milo Ventimiglia was wasted here, as was his entire story arc. I get why it was there, but we could have done without it. So again, hats off to these veteran actors for putting up a decent fight, too bad it didnít come with a better script and a cooler premise.
Previews: There are a handful of trailers that play before the film.