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Killing Season
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Sep 12, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Paul Breuls

Actors:
Robert De Niro
John Travolta
Milo Ventimiglia

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A Serbian war survivor tracks down one of the American military men responsible for crimes against him and his men to a cabin in the woods, where he reveals himself and wages a two man fight to the death.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
My expectations for KILLING SEASON werenít very high. Itís sad that a film pitting John Travolta against Robert De Niro in an all-out battle to the death went to straight to DVD, but then again, these boys are long past their prime. That said, physically, De Niro throws down like a champ, and Travolta isnít exactly showing his age either. I dug the mano-a-mano tussling, and was happy it bounced back and forth a good few times rather that one quick bout. And the fact that Travolta actually hunts De Niro down, helps him out and almost befriends him over drinks prior to the engagement, was pretty damn cool to watch (his accent was a little rough around the edges though).

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.
THE EXTRAS
Killing Season Featurette: Nobody seems very excited here, but hey, they had to have at least one feature attached to the Blu-ray, right? They may as well not have bothered.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers that play before the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iíve seen much worse when it comes to direct to DVD fare (f*cking GALLOWWALKERS), but when you see two big names like this you donít just want more, you expect it. Still, not a bad way to kill a couple hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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10:58AM on 09/12/2013
Hilariously bad. When you have a character who's meant to be really scary and whom you can believe would give Robert De Niro hell, who do you cast? John Travolta with a ridiculous beard and an even worse accent, of course! A local critic described the accent as "being covered in a borscht-like gloop". I think there's a good movie somewhere in there, but the backdrop of the war in Former Yugoslavia was not explored in any depth. Poor Evan Daugherty, seeing his Script Pipeline-winning screenplay
Hilariously bad. When you have a character who's meant to be really scary and whom you can believe would give Robert De Niro hell, who do you cast? John Travolta with a ridiculous beard and an even worse accent, of course! A local critic described the accent as "being covered in a borscht-like gloop". I think there's a good movie somewhere in there, but the backdrop of the war in Former Yugoslavia was not explored in any depth. Poor Evan Daugherty, seeing his Script Pipeline-winning screenplay get turned into...this.
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