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Killing Season Blu-ray Review

Killing Season Blu-ray

“Killing Season” is a laughably bad starring vehicle for Robert DeNiro and John Travolta.

The plot: A Serbian man (Emil Kovac) masquerading as a European tourist seeks revenge against a former U.S. soldier (Benjamin Ford) in Ford’s secluded home in the Appalachian Mountains. Why is Emil seeking revenge? Does a past war tie these two men together? Will viewers even care what happens?

“Killing Season” is the type of movie that sets out to coast on star power alone. You’d think a film with Robert DeNiro and John Travolta would be a hit, but alas, this turkey played a limited amount of theaters before going straight to DVD. It’s not hard to see why as ‘Season’ is a disaster from start to finish.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that ‘Season’ could have been a 20 minute movie. It’s an incredibly simple revenge movie in which DeNiro and Travolta try to kill one another for 90 minutes (technically it’s 81 minutes as the credits are a whopping 9 minutes long for no apparent reason). Worse than that, however, is the fact that each character has the opportunity to kill one another constantly. I lost count at how many times someone is nearly killed, but manages to escape. This is virtually all that happens the entire repetitive running time aside from a small subplot involving Benjamin’s son.

Robert DeNiro and John Travolta don’t fare any better here as they give some of the worst performances of their career. One would think that after giving an award worthy performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” that DeNiro would be back on track, but he just further tarnishes his career as a mumbling bore who doesn’t seem the least bit interested in acting on screen with anyone. Travolta certainly has charisma here, but any acting integrity goes out the window with his phony Serbian accent. I haven’t heard an accent this bad since Nicolas Cage in “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.”

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.78:1 1080p, the Blu-ray edition of “Killing Season” offers up a crisp hi-def transfer. The woodsy exteriors look especially impressive here.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track is so clear it will make you have Johnny Cash’s “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” stuck in your head all day (you’ll see what I mean).

The only extras here are Millennium Entertainment trailers and a “Killing Season” featurette which features cast interviews, film clips, discussions about the script, and behind-the-scenes footage.

Summary: I wish I could say “Killing Season” is so bad it’s good, but it’s just bad. Avoid this one.

September 11, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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