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Sharing the screen for the first time in motion picture history, Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta star in the nail-biting KILLING SEASON. Two veterans of the Bosnian War - one an American named Benjamin Ford (Robert De Niro), the other a former Serbian soldier, Emil Kovac (John Travolta) - engage in a tense, action-packed cat and mouse game, against the backdrop of America?s most forbidding and remote landscape ? the Appalachian mountain wilderness.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, John Travolta
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Killing Season

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta
Director Mark Steven Johnson
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta
Director Mark Steven Johnson
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sep 2013
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to head in this 'Revenge-driven spectacle'
For 18 years 'Emil Kovac' (Travolta) has been searching for the soldier
that had shot him leaving him for dead during an execution of fellow 'Scorpians'
during the 'Croatia' - 'Serbia' conflict.
'Emil' posing as a tourist befriends 'Benjamin Ford' (De Niro) the latter not at
first understanding what the intentions of 'Emil' were, however it soon turns into a
a cat and mouse hunting trip, both in turn gaining the upper hand, survival becomes
the name of the game.
At times it is a brutal affair as each trys to inflict pain on the other, maybe not everyone's
cup-of-tea perhaps, however for me, I like both actors and enjoyed the movie.
Curiously the film is yet to be released on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.K the movie is
a Region 'A' Import.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 19 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, clash in a bleak mountain wilderness.

De Niro is a former American soldier who fought on the front lines in Bosnia, but has now retired to a remote cabin in the woods, trying to escape memories of war.

Travolta, a former Serbian soldier, seeks De Niro out, hoping to settle an old score. A cat- and-mouse game in which They fight their own personal War, with both physical and psychological injuries.

Old wounds are opened, suppressed memories are drawn to the surface and long-hidden overacting and upstaging about both are revealed.....

Alarm bells begin to ring when to arguable Hollywood heavyweights (of the past), end up in the netherworld of straight to Blu Ray hell.

And while the film isn't the most original thing one has seen (if you've seen First Blood, The Osterman Weekend, Surviving The Game, The Hunted, Hard Target, then you've seen the majority of this), it still has De Niro and Travolta 'facing off' against each other, which makes the film even more frustrating when you realise that this film was pitched to co-star Travolta and Nicolas Cage as a follow up to the brilliant Face/Off.

But for the two leads, it's entertaining enough to keep you just about interested for ninety minutes.

De Niro is the loner, spending his days taking dirty pictures of Elk, chopping wood,making pies, and co-incidentally reading Hemingways 'for whom the bell tolls'.

Travolta on the other hand is the reason to watch it, and it's not just his brilliantly bad accent (he sounds like Dr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Killing season is the story of two Bosnian war veterans, Emil Kovac (John Travolta - Face/Off) and Benjamin Ford (Robert Deniro - Killer Elite). Both men are scarred by the experiences, literally and figuratively. Emil tracks Ben down to his remote cabin in the U.S. where he is living out his retirement in solitude, kept busy by photography and the upkeep of his humble abode (cue cliché wood-chopping). But when Emil drops in on the pretence of hunting in the area, the two begin to reminisce about their pasts, it becomes clear that there is a score to settle... who will come out on top?

Killing Season is a well, if predictably, filmed experience. The natural surrounds of the woods, river and soaring Condors give us some exceptionally picturesque vistas. The opening war scene shot through a sepia filter is cheesy even if it is dealing with the pretty harrowing theme of religious genocide. However the plot is pretty stilted and doesn't actually make much sense, with the two guys alternating who has the upper-hand and then losing it repeatedly but never actually finishing each other off despite being given the opportunity on a silver platter.

Travolta's accent is a bit wobbly but at least it's consistent - unlike the number of arrows in his quiver which seems to change at whim. We have time-travelling arrows, released by one actor in bright sunshine, yet hit their target on a grey-overcast day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
In 1995 war crimes occurred in the Bosnian War, where NATO forces intervened with Operation Deliberate Force & uncovered such atrocities. One such NATO group, so disgusted by what they saw, execute a group of Serbian solider's in retribution. Now 18 years on, one survivor, ex-Serbian solider Emil Kovac (Travolta) has discovered the where about's of his executioner. Retired American/NATO solider Benjamin Ford (De Nero) who lives as a recluse, estranged from his family due to the events he experienced, among the Appalachian Mountains in America. Unknown to him, this ghost from his past has him in his sights & is set on revenge.

Overall Killing Season didn't live up to it's potential, given the two big names attached to it. The slow build up & execution was reasonably good with a nice sinister & psychological touch as Kovac bides his time, culminating with the highlight of him springing this game of cat & mouse , life & death hunt with bows up in the Appalachian Mountains. Sadly though it ran out of steam a little ways after the initial excitement, as it's story , penned by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) turned into a to-and-fro of power/control, that became more of an absurdity of padding if nothing else, rather than an extended, engaging duel that it started out to be & promised. The few special effects were old school & effectively done by Director Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) who was obviously working with a limited budget, so don't expect too much.
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