Killing Season


Killing Season

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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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Critic Reviews for Killing Season

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

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

    Jul 17, 2013 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Tables keep turning, traps keep springing and the actors keep acting, acting, acting.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Full Review…

    Alissa Simon

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Audience Reviews for Killing Season

  • Dec 18, 2013
    A sloppy, halfhearted attempt at a thriller, Killing Season is pretentious and incoherent. While on a hunting trip former U.S. Army Colonel Benjamin Ford becomes the hunted when a Serbian mercenary comes to exact revenge. Robert De Niro and John Travolta lead the cast, but their performances are subpar at best. And the dialog is clunky and uneven; lacking in a consistent tone. There's an attempt to make a point about the scars of war, but it's muddled and poorly told. Despite having a few thrills, Killing Season is an underwhelming film that's rather pointless.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2013
    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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    Decent film. De Niro kind of mailed it in on this one. He can act so much better than this. Travolta's the one who actually puts the effort in...I honestly can't believe I'm saying this, but he was surprisingly good. This film is a bit too short for my liking though. It's not even 90 minutes long. Considering how rushed the background and storyline are (insert montage that shows more development than most of the film), I don't see why the filmmakers couldn't add some more content.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2013
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