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.
I feel I am the only person who likes this film. And I can't quite understand. I have tried to get people I know to watch it, including a loyal DeNiro fan (you know who you are AH) but no interest has been shown. Maybe my review can change that. I hope so because Killing Season is pretty dammn OK in my book. It follows a guy, Bobby DeNiro who committed a war crime of sort in the past and is revisited by the victim, Travolta, years later. The film looks great and is exqisitely shot. The violence, or torture scenes are horrific. So much so you wriggle about and squirm in your seat like you have a trapped fart you can't release.
What is nice to see is JT back in a serious role rather than kid friendly stuff like Old Dogs. Don't get me wrong, that film is alright but not my cup of tea really. I do own a copy, and it makes me smile but JT is far far better in the more adult roles. Not adult as in dirty great tash and calling round to fix the washer while being hung like a donkey, but you know, like he was in Broken Arrow, Face Off and The Taking of Pelham 123. DeNiro is on auto pilot but still looks like he loves working and being in films. His role reminds me of him in the masterpiece which is The Deer Hunter, only years later.
Killing Season is no masterpiece but it is rather enjoyable and stunning to watch. Don't dimiss it because other folks have. Give it ago and you may be surprised.
Well, it's Robert de Niro and John Travolta. Not the characters in the story that is. Fine actors as they are, their powerful celebrity status took away from what would otherwise be quite a deep story - albeit quite violent in parts. John Travolta's fake Serbian accent and way too today hairstyle and 'painted on' beard, really were a worry. Why on earth not cast a quality actor from the region of the story? Indeed the whole film might have come across better with relative unknowns. But I guess this would not attract viewers as much as de Niro and Travolta.
Screen legends 'John Travolta' and 'Robert De Niro' go 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 try's 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.(IT IS AVAILABLE NOW IN THE U.K)
This is a slow movie drama of a cat and mouse game of revenge between a retired American (De Niro), one Serbian (Travolta) solider. Both have a go at being the cat and the mouse. The only line in the movie that summed it up for me was "I torcher you then you torcher me". I am a fan of both of these guys so this movie became more of a disappointment then simply a watchable movie. The movie is at an old snails pace, even in the action scenes it was just watching two old man fight it out. I just felt sorry for them more than anything else.