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Killing Season

Killing Season (2013)



Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist's true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America's most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one. (c) Official Facebook


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Aug 20, 2013


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It's not worthless, but it's not good. As a genre film, it's too ambitious; as an art film, it's too obvious.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If you've always wanted to see Robert De Niro forced to thread a steel rod through an open wound and then strung upside down by John Travolta, this is the movie for you.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Tables keep turning, traps keep springing and the actors keep acting, acting, acting.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The sight of Robert De Niro and John Travolta sharing the screen for the first time reps the one and only selling point of Killing Season.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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A drawn out cat-and-mouse game never catches fire.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It wants to be a war-is-Hell 'coming home' story, but it ends up playing like a cheap action flick starring two men who are obviously too old to be running through the woods beating the living crap out of each other.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

Comes full up with heavy-handed signifiers, from Ben's choice of reading (Hemingway...) to a hammered motif of lapsed Christianity (the climax takes place in a rotting church) that underlines the theme of living with the sins of the past. [Blu-ray]

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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... establishes some mild tension but never generates any sort of meaningful insight into post-war trauma.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

Badly written, ineptly staged, horribly acted, historically suspect and boring beyond belief ...

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

Playing out like a brutally graphic Tom and Jerry skit at times, Killing Season lacks the atmospheric tension necessary to keep us consistently engaged.

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Derivative and bizarrely graphic, Killing Season is nothing more than another forgettable entry in two ongoing filmographies that desperately need more inspired professional choices.

July 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

This barebones time-killer from the ruthlessly frugal folks at Millennium Films announces its intentions from the title on, and its two stars...seem glumly game to scowl their way through the proceedings with the professionalism of a mercenary...

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Killing Season is competently put together, yet the woefully hollow dialogue and the predictable plot developments make for a pretty bland flick.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Horrormeister Eli Roth would get a charge out of the torture scenes.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Make no mistake, for all the deferred killing, this is still a bloody affair, one which takes a grotesque glee in arrows being shot through faces and impromptu torture sessions.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

let's just call this Grumpiest Old Men and get it over with

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

"Killing Season" could have been made 20 years ago and looked the same. It's a time capsule to an era of humbler stupid movies.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

Calling this film a cat-and-mouse game would insult felines and rodents, both of which are much smarter than this movie.

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Audience Reviews for Killing Season

I admit I was excited seeing this but I was also very wary. Robert Deniro is a legend and I often like John Travolta too in certain roles so the potential of them together in a survival/action/horror was intriguing but straight to flag right there!! The reviews for this film were awful and most of them were so angry that the film was so historically and politically inaccurate and I will fully admit ignorance on the matters of Bosnia and Serbia and the entire war and conflict going on there so for me it wasn't about what facts were right or wrong. I had no choice but to watch this for entertainment. It was twisted and disturbing and violent and had a really graphic message about morality and war that I think made the film had at least some depth and complexity. This was NOT a bad film whatsoever. It wasn't done perfectly that's for sure and it had some ups and downs but it was a solid action/horror/thriller. It was really the perfect length because you could only watch the power shift between the two actors so many times before it started to feel just a little stale but the action scenes were well done and the script was very good.
Robert DeNiro could probably make almost any film good. I actually think he's hit a stride now even in his senior years because the guy is just electric on screen. Both of the main characters in this film are incredibly flawed and twisted men for various reasons. Neither is truly the hero. DeNiro scenes are terrific especially his speech at the end of the film which was moving and powerful. It seems a lot of reviewers are really hating on John Travolta and to each their own but he's a versatile actor who has had a lot of ups and downs. I think his performance in this film was solid. His accent seems really awful at times but I don't know the dialect from that area so I don't know if he really nails it or if its horribly done. The character is still captivating and determined and him and DeNiro actually have really great chemistry together which certainly helps the film. With any two lesser actors this could have been far less interesting but the two of them are great and I'm standing by that!!
5 Stars 10-23-13
October 31, 2013
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A well-crafted, wonderfully character driven and slick piece of action movie making. It's one hell of a thrilling and intense action movie. It grabs you and draws you in completely with its story and characters, expressing intimate details of what they went through and what they are willing to do. Director, Mark Steven Johnson finally crafts a movie worth watching and shows some solid crafts. Robert De Niro and John Travolta are absolutely magnificent. They are on screen together for the first time and they carry the movie all the way through with their compelling chemistry, fight scenes and stripped to bare bones character development. De Niro and Travolta show here why they are great actors and why they can play almost anybody. They deliver tremendous star power and excitement to the piece along with some well-done action sequences.
September 4, 2013

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three stars...
August 8, 2013
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July 28, 2013
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