Killing Season is a 2013 film that takes a unique approach to combat all together. With renowned actors Robert De Niro and John Travolta, this movie seemed destined for success even before it’s original feature. Since the movie’s release, reviews in general have not been good, with many viewers posting on the Rotten Tomatoes film review website, saying that it was poorly acted, scripted, and depicted. But just because everyone is saying something, doesn’t mean it’s true. So I will be testifying against these claims in this post.
The Story: Emil Kovac (Travolta) is a former Scorpions soldier who has been holding a grudge against former NATO operative Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro) since their last encounter many years ago. Through his source in Serbia, Kovac is able to get his hands on Ford’s current whereabouts after all this time. Ford has lived in the secluded mountains for quite a while to keep his mind off the war. Being so long in the past, Ford doesn’t recognize Kovac when they reunite, and they become “friends” until Kovac reveals his true identity.
So how was Killing Season really?
Combat between a hand full of people in the deserted woods makes for a good movie because they are so far away from help. Killing Season takes this to the next level by making the combat much more personal between only two men, one-on-one. The terror brought to Ford’s home isn’t random by a psychopath who just likes to kill, it’s about getting closure and revenge for events of the past. This gives true life to this film and allows us to understand the feelings for both Kovac and Ford. And something even more admirable about this movie is that while these two men are fighting, we get the sense that they both know why this is happening, in the sense that they understand (to an extent) what the other is feeling. Ford knows why Kovac has come for him, and Kovac begins to better grasp Ford’s point of view. Though I can’t give away what happens, I will say that this made for a great ending, that in all honestly, was very unexpected.
The Bottom Line: If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t let the bad reviews scare you away from a movie with such a meaningful plot and dignified ending. Think about what people these days expect out of movies. Viewers want action, explosions, sex, nudity, a lot of killing, blood, excitement, humor, and many other aspects that honestly this movie just doesn’t have. But since when does a movie have to have any of these to be good? A movie can be good simply because it is good. An excellent example would be the movie “Secondhand Lions” with Robert Duvall and Michael Cain. The movie isn’t action pact or exciting in much of any way, but it’s a respectable film worth watching, and so is Killing Season.
My rating: 85% because it is trying to keep alive an unspoken genre that some people just can’t understand, and it was a pleasure to watch.
Check out the trailer below and thanks for reading as always.