Robert De Niro and John Travolta have both made names for themselves in Hollywood. Both have some memorable movies to their name and both have made some memorable movie choices later in their career. On paper Killing Season sounds like a movie which could be very interesting as it is about an American soldier (de Niro) who fought in former Yugoslavia and a man who came in contact with him during that war (Travolta, who plays his role with a heavy Eastern European accent) and now has sought him out back home to seek revenge. Set in isolated woods with no form of communication, except with each other, the two play a deadly game of cat and mouse/hunter and hunted. Is Killing Season the next Deliverance or doesn’t it even manage to kill time?
The setup of the movie is ok, but it never gets really exciting. One moment one of them has the upperhand, the other moment the other has. There’s a lot graphic violence (torture) but somehow you never get the feeling either of them is in real danger. These are not characters you really care much about either. De Niro’s character has next to no relationship with his son anymore and almost refuses him to come over. Travolta’s character does not have any background at all, except that he wants revenge.
I guess the movie is about dealing with the past, but the way it is handled it does not make for interesting viewing. Despite it’s big name stars this is not a movie you should seek out to see.