‘Killing Season’ Trailer: John Travolta Hunts Robert DeNiro for Revenge

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Once upon a time, Benjamin Ford was a decorated US Army officer who fought in the war in Bosnia. Now retired, Ford spends his most of his days isolated in a Smokey Mountain cabin hunting and fishing. When a mysterious Bosnian expatriate named Kovac appears in the wilderness, Ford befriends who he thinks is a fellow hunter. However, their first expedition together reveals that Kovac actually has a score to settle with Ford. As the two begin a cat-and-mouse game through the mountain landscape, the Killing Season truly begins.

Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) directs Killing Season – once known as Shrapnel – from a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman). The film stars Robert DeNiro (Last Vegas) and John Travolta (Savages) as Ford and Kovac, respectively.

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The first preview for Killing Season doesn’t exactly stir the senses. Despite the image of Travolta’s mighty chin-strap beard and his somewhat silly attempt at an Eastern European accent, there’s not much that’s novel in the trailer. There’s a dour familiarity to the proceedings that dampens any interest in the film’s concept. That we’re seeing this first footage only a month before the film’s release only compounds matters.

All that said, the official synopsis of Killing Season does seem to indicate that there are more cerebral sections of the film that call into question the nature of Ford and Kovac’s conflict. Also, DeNiro and Travolta can be great fun when they really chew the scenery – let’s hope that Killing Season isn’t as self-serious as its trailer and can provide a suspenseful, compelling final product.


Killing Season will stalk theatergoers on July 12, 2013.

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  1. This actually looks mildly good. I will put it on my Netflix list.

  2. weak score. seems like they asked some 3rd grade music teacher to make it.

  3. The question is, would you invest 12 bucks and your time to see John Travolta and Robert DeNiro beat the living s*** out of each other for 2 hours? Not to mention Travolta’s weak euro-accent?

    Hmmmmm… Not reaaaaalllly.. I think I’ve seen this before. it was called the Hunted wasn’t it?

  4. Holy $^%#! That is one of the worst Russian accents I have ever heard….

    • It’s Serbian. While I agree it’s weak at least get the country right

      • Calm down, dude. You probably were making the same mistake until some rando on a forum said it was Serbian.

        • the say its serbian in the trailer, and he was calm fool.

          • Thanks Gizmo.

  5. i nearly choked when i heard Travolta’s first line, high pitched cliche ‘russian’ accent even though he’s supposed to be Serbian, ridiculous

  6. What are these old guys doing! This looks like a million movies I’ve seen before, first blood, the hunted, shooter, the fugitive! What’s going on with Travoltas beard? Can that guy never look normal in a movie?

    Also how come it doesn’t matter how remote the forest, there always seems to be some kind of abandoned mine/warehouse/quarry for the final showdown to take place in?!

  7. Hindsight is 20-20…but without the accent (a major distraction) Travolta could really sell his character with that exotic look and his righteously unabated, simmering animosity which long before now has become the actor’s signature trademark.

    A solid performer working within his limits, DeNiro appears to be…well…DeNiro in the woods. Tommy Lee Jones might seem a better choice, but he already did this movie with Benicio Del Toro in THE HUNTED.

    If there is any fun to be had in watching this flick, judging from the trailer, it’s in the pairing of these two iconic performers in what looks like a two-character tour de force.

    Publicity on the film coming this close to its release signals a “same day in theaters” VOD. Is it worth even that? I’d wait for the picture to show up on one of the premium channels.

  8. As a Serbian man, I find John Travolta’s accent ridiculous.
    We don’t have Russian-esque accents.
    Those Serbs who speak good English are usually very adept at mimicing at least the American English accent, and those who speak bad English mostly sound like Tarzan – but certainly not like Russians.

      • Дакле гледао си филм?
        Шта ми можеш рећи о њему, тј. занима ме колико тачно смо лоше приказани, као народ?
        Да ли нас филм оцрњује на националном нивоу, или се усресређује само на борбу двојице бивших војника?

  9. OMG ! Travolta`s accent, whack score, what a lame ass movie