Killing Season

Killing Season

Mark Steven Johnson (2013)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Action roles for Robert De Niro and John Travolta, in a gruelling two-hander filmed and played out in the remote Appalachian Mountains of the US. The two play old adversaries from the Bosnian War - De Niro had been in the frontline of Nato special forces; Travolta was a member of a Serbian death squad. Their meeting in Bosnia didn't end well for Travolta. So, 20 years later, he sets out to settle old scores, tracking De Niro to his remote mountain retreat, and going at it hammer and tongs again in one-on-one warfare that's both physical and psychological. Killing Season is watchable but repetitive. Travolta hunts De Niro. De Niro turns the tables, and hunts Travolta. Travolta re-seizes the initiative. Travolta's Serbian accent is so thick you could cut it with the big knife his character carries. And the stunt doubles are kept busy in action sequences that neither the ageing stars nor their ageing characters would have survived for real. It's an OK film, but its two heavyweight stars are punching well below their weight.

Summary

An American military veteran living a reclusive life in the Appalachian mountains befriends a Serbian tourist. However, he discovers his new friend is a veteran of the Bosnian war with a grudge against him, and finds himself being hunted through the wilderness. Thriller, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin Ford Robert De Niro
Emil Kovac John Travolta
Chris Ford Milo Ventimiglia
Sarah Ford Elizabeth Olin
Elena Diana Lyubenova
Serbian Kalin Sarmenov
Bar customer Stefan Shterev
Director Mark Steven Johnson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama