Killing Season follows a retired American soldier Benjamin Ford (De Niro) who is now living in isolation in a cabin inside the remote smoky Appalachian Mountains while struggling to forget the horrific scenes he had experienced during the Bosnian War he fought in.
One evening he meets a former Bosnian soldier Emil Kovac (John Travolta) while the latter helped Ford in repairing his van. From there, the two men develop a friendly acquaintance. Kovac, however, reveals his true identity by attacking Ford during a game hunting session.
Hereafter it was clear that they were staunch enemies as Kovac is really a Serbian war criminal, who was captured by Ford and his fellow NATO troops after they liberated Bosnia and was supposed to be executed by Ford. Unlike his other mates, Kovac survived the bullet in his head and now wants to take revenge in a fair fight.
What follows is all a cat-mouse run between the two while both try to kill each other. Nevertheless, Killing Season could have been much better when we think about the core message it eventually failed to give.
In an attempt to put a more realistic perspective on any war and conflict that stays long in the human psyche, long after the war is over; the film merely turned into a one-on-one fight between the two.
The silliest part of Killing Season is that director Mark Steven Johnson did not try to go beyond the script and the stupid screenplay in creating something that could have been a director’s film.
There is a few more possibility that could have made it a good film, including exploring a little more on the Serbian-Bosnian conflict before developing the screen characters or going by the script at hand, yet explaining more on the philosophical aspects of any war.
After watching this, you will only wonder why De Niro and Travolta agree to do the film in the first place when they know that there is nothing much to offer and they both are coming together for the first time on screen.
‘Killing Season’ – An action-thriller bringing John Travolta and Robert De Niro for the very first time.
Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia
Direction: Mark Steven Johnson
Screenplay: Evan Daugherty
Cinematography: Peter Menzies Jr.
Release Date/Year: July 12, 2013