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WTF trailer for Killing Season with Robert De Niro and John Travolta is a mess

Jun. 7, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Y'know, this is almost too easy of a target. Two actors who have done some tremendous work throughout their careers team up to make a pile of shit. It happens from time to time. The issue here is that you have two well-established stars doing something so low rent and cheesy that it feels like it should be a straight-to-video WWE movie. Actually, that's insulting those guys, as I'm sure they'd make something that at least looks fun.

Both De Niro and Travolta have dabbled in some weird genres in the last few years, so it's not that surprising that they'd eventually find each other to make one of their "experimental paychecks," but it is a shame we're getting more of this instead of work like SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK for De Niro or FACE/OFF for Travolta. I have little doubt that both actors will deliver more good work, but I doubt KILLING SEASON will be counted among them.

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Here's the synopsis:

American military veteran Benjamin Ford (Robert De Niro) has fled to a cabin retreat somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, to forget the painful memories of the Bosnian War he fought in. One day, visitor Emil Kovac (John Travolta), a European tourist, knocks on his door, and the two men begin an unlikely friendship. When it develops that Kovac is in fact a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge, there begins a one-on-one confrontation and battle between the two throughout the harsh mountain environment.

KILLING SEASON, directed by Mark Steven Johnson (DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER), is set to debut July 12, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: I recently caught Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil on TV, which I used to think was pretty decent, but man, it has not held up well. Compared to the kind of comic book films made today it's pretty embarrassing.
Source: Indiewire

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8:03AM on 06/10/2013
American Bosnian War veteran or Serbian Bosnian War veteran? There's only one way to find out:

...FIIIIIGHT!
American Bosnian War veteran or Serbian Bosnian War veteran? There's only one way to find out:

...FIIIIIGHT!
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9:26PM on 06/08/2013

I'm not sure I get

the love for the premise of this movie. Apparently the script is good, but the premise is a pretty generic variation on: Guy with past. Other guy moves in next door. Guys hit it off. Guys turn out to be arch-enemies. Guys duke it out till only one is left standing.

I'm probably missing something, but there's nothing about that idea that sounds special, unique or new.
the love for the premise of this movie. Apparently the script is good, but the premise is a pretty generic variation on: Guy with past. Other guy moves in next door. Guys hit it off. Guys turn out to be arch-enemies. Guys duke it out till only one is left standing.

I'm probably missing something, but there's nothing about that idea that sounds special, unique or new.
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10:46PM on 06/08/2013
I honestly don't think I've heard of a movie or book that has this kind of plotline. Can you give some examples?
I honestly don't think I've heard of a movie or book that has this kind of plotline. Can you give some examples?
7:03AM on 06/09/2013
The Devil's Own.
The Devil's Own.
1:56AM on 06/10/2013
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a husband and wife take on the story.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a husband and wife take on the story.
2:26PM on 06/08/2013

From the Director of Daredevil and Ghost Rider

Yup, that's enough reason for me to pass. Too bad because it almost seems like the premise could have been good if better executed.
Yup, that's enough reason for me to pass. Too bad because it almost seems like the premise could have been good if better executed.
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12:22AM on 06/08/2013

I think it looks interesting, actually.

What makes the trailer gagworthy for me is the terrible narration. "Robert de Niro and John Travolta, on-screen together for the first time." Ugh. That reeks of focus groups. Not to mention the voice doing the background audio is just... ugh. So terrible.

But the actual concept is interesting, I am a sucker for Russian-type accents, and I think this has some real potential. Not a fan of the director given his past work, but every director has one or two failures... well, except Stanley
What makes the trailer gagworthy for me is the terrible narration. "Robert de Niro and John Travolta, on-screen together for the first time." Ugh. That reeks of focus groups. Not to mention the voice doing the background audio is just... ugh. So terrible.

But the actual concept is interesting, I am a sucker for Russian-type accents, and I think this has some real potential. Not a fan of the director given his past work, but every director has one or two failures... well, except Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan so far. And James Wan, but I'm a super fanboy of him :P

I think this looks like it could be good. We will see. :)
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9:17PM on 06/07/2013

Let's hope....

Sometimes.... Once in a while... a good movie gets a bad trailer.
Sometimes.... Once in a while... a good movie gets a bad trailer.
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3:12PM on 06/07/2013

The sad part is

the concept is actually really cool. This could have been a really good movie with the right script and director. This is why I always find it amazing that any good stuff comes out of Hollywood.
the concept is actually really cool. This could have been a really good movie with the right script and director. This is why I always find it amazing that any good stuff comes out of Hollywood.
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2:15PM on 06/07/2013
This is amazing! In 5 years this will be shown at midnight with The Room and Samurai Cop.
This is amazing! In 5 years this will be shown at midnight with The Room and Samurai Cop.
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2:07PM on 06/07/2013
Poor Evan Daugherty who won Script Pipeline with this script.
Poor Evan Daugherty who won Script Pipeline with this script.
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2:16PM on 06/07/2013
Seriously, after his Snow White and The Huntsman script was butchered....
Seriously, after his Snow White and The Huntsman script was butchered....
4:47PM on 06/07/2013
I've actually been waiting for this since he won. It's a shame this doesn't look very good, though I doubt that has to do with him. This WAS the winning script and he probably has a decent career ahead of him as a screenwriter.
I've actually been waiting for this since he won. It's a shame this doesn't look very good, though I doubt that has to do with him. This WAS the winning script and he probably has a decent career ahead of him as a screenwriter.
1:40PM on 06/07/2013
DTV fans are gonna have a field day.
DTV fans are gonna have a field day.
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1:18PM on 06/07/2013

I think they messed up the trailer...

And by "messed up" I mean the editor of the trailer jumped the gun between "Come and get it" and "I haven't killed anything in twenty years." They should be the other way around. Along with the trailer voice guy, it tells me exactly how much faith Millennium has in their product.
And by "messed up" I mean the editor of the trailer jumped the gun between "Come and get it" and "I haven't killed anything in twenty years." They should be the other way around. Along with the trailer voice guy, it tells me exactly how much faith Millennium has in their product.
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1:09PM on 06/07/2013
Double post.
Double post.
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1:02PM on 06/07/2013
It looks like Travolta took his wig off, flipped it upside-down, and put it on his chin.
It looks like Travolta took his wig off, flipped it upside-down, and put it on his chin.
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12:12PM on 06/07/2013

Mark Steven Johnson? Why?

First, why anyone would think this guy should still be directing movies is beyond my intelligence, not only has he almost single-handedly ruined two Marvel Franchises, two of the best (granted I don't think Ghost Rider's powers translate to film as well), but he has never made a decent movie, never. So, Jedd The Jedi, why have you been wondering what happened to him, he shouldn't have been given a second chance let alone this fourth.
First, why anyone would think this guy should still be directing movies is beyond my intelligence, not only has he almost single-handedly ruined two Marvel Franchises, two of the best (granted I don't think Ghost Rider's powers translate to film as well), but he has never made a decent movie, never. So, Jedd The Jedi, why have you been wondering what happened to him, he shouldn't have been given a second chance let alone this fourth.
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12:13PM on 06/07/2013
It seemed to me like he'd probably never get another job, I was wondering if he would, and this is what he ended up directing next.
It seemed to me like he'd probably never get another job, I was wondering if he would, and this is what he ended up directing next.
11:52AM on 06/07/2013
I was wondering what happened to Mark Steven Johnson. Evan Daugherty apparently won a screenwriting contest with this script (it was originally titled "Shrapnel"). I suspect he got the short shrift (as screenwriters do), this does look direct-to-DVD material.
I was wondering what happened to Mark Steven Johnson. Evan Daugherty apparently won a screenwriting contest with this script (it was originally titled "Shrapnel"). I suspect he got the short shrift (as screenwriters do), this does look direct-to-DVD material.
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4:51PM on 06/07/2013
A lot of the scripts that win in that contest end up D2D. The script that ended up being Operation: Endgame was also a winner and went straight D2D.
A lot of the scripts that win in that contest end up D2D. The script that ended up being Operation: Endgame was also a winner and went straight D2D.
11:40AM on 06/07/2013
I can't tell what makes this look bad. Is it the movie itself with Travolta's horrible accent and ridiculous facial hair? Or is it the horrible trailer with the cheesy voiceover from the Trailer Guy?

I mean, an action movie set in the wilderness with a guy trying to kill another guy seems like a simple enough premise and movie to shoot, but it just comes off so bad! Poor DeNiro, I wonder how he got roped into making this movie, I doubt it's for any paycheck, at this point that guy can
I can't tell what makes this look bad. Is it the movie itself with Travolta's horrible accent and ridiculous facial hair? Or is it the horrible trailer with the cheesy voiceover from the Trailer Guy?

I mean, an action movie set in the wilderness with a guy trying to kill another guy seems like a simple enough premise and movie to shoot, but it just comes off so bad! Poor DeNiro, I wonder how he got roped into making this movie, I doubt it's for any paycheck, at this point that guy can write his own ticket.
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1:09PM on 06/07/2013
Hahaha, that trailer voiceover sounds so dated-like it's a live action Disney film from the 90s. It's like Don LaFontaine but it's not.....
Hahaha, that trailer voiceover sounds so dated-like it's a live action Disney film from the 90s. It's like Don LaFontaine but it's not.....
4:52PM on 06/07/2013
The script may have appealed to him when he read it. Could be any number of reasons, but the final product we get doesn't reflect an actor's time spent shooting the film. So it's possible this seemed like a fun script to shoot for DeNiro, even if the quality of the film is shit.
The script may have appealed to him when he read it. Could be any number of reasons, but the final product we get doesn't reflect an actor's time spent shooting the film. So it's possible this seemed like a fun script to shoot for DeNiro, even if the quality of the film is shit.
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11:39AM on 06/07/2013
Why is it that every time that want to make Travolta bad they give him either a goatee or a beard and that same hair cut? I also love the fact that it says from the director of daredevil and ghost rider like that's a good thing.
Why is it that every time that want to make Travolta bad they give him either a goatee or a beard and that same hair cut? I also love the fact that it says from the director of daredevil and ghost rider like that's a good thing.
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12:07PM on 06/07/2013
His hair is spray on at this point. There isn't much they can do with it.
His hair is spray on at this point. There isn't much they can do with it.
11:32AM on 06/07/2013
Someone's paying off some gambling debt.
Someone's paying off some gambling debt.
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11:30AM on 06/07/2013
I would argue that John Travolta's pile of shit movies vastly outnumber his quality films. There are over fifty films on his IMDB page and about five of them are any good. He has always been a hammy, scenery chewing actor drawn to corny and melodramatic material.

DeNiro is a legend. I'm not sure what has brought about his late career push into so many bad to mediocre films, but his place in cinema history is secure no matter what. Hollywood just doesn't finance many of the introspective
I would argue that John Travolta's pile of shit movies vastly outnumber his quality films. There are over fifty films on his IMDB page and about five of them are any good. He has always been a hammy, scenery chewing actor drawn to corny and melodramatic material.

DeNiro is a legend. I'm not sure what has brought about his late career push into so many bad to mediocre films, but his place in cinema history is secure no matter what. Hollywood just doesn't finance many of the introspective character driven pieces he made his bones with in the 70s and 80s. Everything is an overblown event film now. Silver Linngs Playbook was an exception to that and he knocked it out of the park. Otherwise, I guess we all have to make a living, right?
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11:29AM on 06/07/2013

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Oh man. This looks amazing. That accent alone is worthy for a watch. Can't wait to grab a sixer and some buds and make fun of this crap. I hope they do a How Did This Get Made podcast of this flick!
Oh man. This looks amazing. That accent alone is worthy for a watch. Can't wait to grab a sixer and some buds and make fun of this crap. I hope they do a How Did This Get Made podcast of this flick!
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11:22AM on 06/07/2013

speaking of daredevil...

i never got the character Bullseye. i mean, he uses his super accuracy power to kill people and make money as a hit man. he could probably have made a ton of more money being a professional baseball player, no?
i never got the character Bullseye. i mean, he uses his super accuracy power to kill people and make money as a hit man. he could probably have made a ton of more money being a professional baseball player, no?
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12:11PM on 06/07/2013
Or basketball. Or a football QB. Or golf. Or darts. Or bowling. Or hockey. Basically he could make hundreds of millions of dollars at any pro sport.

Being a contract murdering psychopath seems like a lot of hassle in comparison.
Or basketball. Or a football QB. Or golf. Or darts. Or bowling. Or hockey. Basically he could make hundreds of millions of dollars at any pro sport.

Being a contract murdering psychopath seems like a lot of hassle in comparison.
1:08PM on 06/07/2013
I think that's hilarious and should be explored, if only in parody form.
I think that's hilarious and should be explored, if only in parody form.
4:42PM on 06/07/2013
Back in the 70's when the character originated we didn't have these huge TV contracts, or sponsors like we do know. Most athletes had second jobs. The stars, like a Roger Staubach didn't have to work duing the off season. Being a contract killer, you could make a 100 grand off one job instead of spending 6 months out of the year making that same hundred grand being a star athlete.
Back in the 70's when the character originated we didn't have these huge TV contracts, or sponsors like we do know. Most athletes had second jobs. The stars, like a Roger Staubach didn't have to work duing the off season. Being a contract killer, you could make a 100 grand off one job instead of spending 6 months out of the year making that same hundred grand being a star athlete.
8:35AM on 06/08/2013
Didn't Marvel have a "What If" series at one time? What If Bullseye were an NFL quarterback...
Didn't Marvel have a "What If" series at one time? What If Bullseye were an NFL quarterback...
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11:20AM on 06/07/2013

can't see the trailer due to work firewall but...

it's travolta VS de niro right? because the poster makes it look like they're on the same team.
it's travolta VS de niro right? because the poster makes it look like they're on the same team.
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11:28AM on 06/07/2013
They are on the same team... Team Paycheck.
They are on the same team... Team Paycheck.
11:32AM on 06/07/2013
Haha. Nice. @RogerGarage.
Haha. Nice. @RogerGarage.
12:13PM on 06/07/2013
Haha, hey, at least it's not DeNiro in another Meet The [link] Fockers or Great Great Junior Fockers or whatsoever.
Haha, hey, at least it's not DeNiro in another Meet The [link] Fockers or Great Great Junior Fockers or whatsoever.
11:16AM on 06/07/2013
What did I just watch? That was terrible. Travolts's accent sounds horrendous.
What did I just watch? That was terrible. Travolts's accent sounds horrendous.
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