Killing Season (film)

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Killing Season
Killing Season film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Mark Steven Johnson
Produced by Paul Breuls
Screenplay by Evan Daugherty
Starring Robert De Niro
John Travolta
Milo Ventimiglia
Elizabeth Olin
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Peter Menzies Jr.
Edited by Sean Albertson
Production
  company
Nu Image
Millennium Films
Corsan Pictures
FilmEngine
Release date(s)
  • July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $39,881[1]

Killing Season (previously titled Shrapnel) is a 2013 action film written by Evan Daugherty and directed by Mark Steven Johnson for Millennium Films,[2][3][4][5][6] as the first on-screen pairing of actors John Travolta and Robert De Niro.[3] The film pertains to a personal fight between an American and a Serb war veteran.[7]

Daugherty's script caught the attention of producers after winning the 2008 Script Pipeline[8] Screenwriting Competition.[9] The film received negative reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

In Belgrade, Serbia, former Scorpions soldier Emil Kovač (Travolta) meets his informant to retrieve a file on American military veteran and former NATO operative Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro). Ford has fled to a cabin retreat somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, to forget the war. Now a recluse, he meets Kovač, posing as a European tourist, during a hunting trip. The two men become friendly, until Kovač reveals his true identity. Intent on revenge, he initiates a gory game of cat-and-mouse with Ford. The latter is badly injured but is quick to rebound. After a showdown, Kovač is overpowered by Ford. They reach a peaceful compromise, however, after understanding each other's predicament. Kovač quietly returns to Serbia, while Ford visits his son, to make up for missing his grandson's baptism.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

"It's thrilling, imaginative, unexpected and dominated by two extraordinary characters on a collision course"
— Paul Breuls, Corsan's Chief Executive Officer, when asked about the film.[10]

The project was originally set in the 1970s and titled Shrapnel. It was being considered by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage as a project to follow up on their film Face Off and by director John McTiernan as a directing vehicle.[11] Subsequently renamed and modified to take place in modern day Appalachia,[12] and co-financed and co-produced by Corsan, Nu Image and Millennium Films, filming began on January 16, 2012,[4][5][6][13] in the Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia.[2] Major filming was scheduled for Tallulah Gorge State Park and Black Rock Mountain State Park. The locations in Rabun County were chosen by director Mark Steven Johnson to create the effect and mood he had previously seen in the film Deliverance.[3] Other minor filming locations included Sofia, Bulgaria,[14][15] Sweetwater Creek State Park,[16] and the Pine Mountain Gold Museum in Stockmar Park, Villa Rica.[17] International sales for Killing Season, offered by the American Film Market, commenced on November 2, 2011, in Santa Monica.[13] American cellist/singer/songwriter Ben Sollee contributed solo cello performances as well as an original song,[18] "Letting Go",[19] for the end credits.

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Killing Season was released in the United States on July 12, 2013, to both the home screen and in cinemas. Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film would be better off as a "small-screen item".[20] The film has received unanimously negative reviews from critics, and as of February 2014 holds an 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.[21] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News awarded the film one out of five stars, panning Travolta's character's Serbian accent.[22] David DeWitt of The New York Times stated that "[i]t's not worthless, but it's not good. As a genre film, it's too ambitious; as an art film, it's too obvious."[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Killing Season". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Alzayat, Dima (January 27, 2012). "On Location: 'Killing Season' for De Niro, Travolta in Georgia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 11, 1012. 
  3. ^ a b c Chandler, Ray (January 23, 2012). "‘Killing Season’, starring John Travolta & Robert De Niro, begins filming in Rabun County, GA this week". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (October 29, 2011). "Robert De Niro, John Travolta Team For ‘Killing Season’". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (October 29, 2011). "De Niro, Travolta set for 'Killing Season': Thesps to star in actioner from Millennium, Corsan" (registration required). Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Sitterson, Aubrey (November 1, 2011). "Robert De Niro and John Travolta will star together in 'Killing Season'". IFC. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (October 30, 2011). "De Niro, Travolta in Killing Season". IGN. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Script Pipeline
  9. ^ http://www.scriptpipeline.com/interviews/evan-daugherty
  10. ^ McColl, Gavin (October 31, 2011). "John Travolta and Robert De Niro Team Up For "Killing Season"". International Business Times. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Robert De Niro replaces Nicolas Cage in new action thriller 'Killing Season'". NME. October 31, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jessica (October 29, 2011). "John Travolta and Robert De Niro to Star in Killing Season". Moviehole. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Kilday, Gregory (October 29, 2011). "Robert De Niro, John Travolta Team Up for 'Killing Season'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Robert de Niro arrives in Bulgaria for Killing Season movie shoot". The Sofia Globe. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Bulgaria's Zealous Fans Welcome Stuns Robert De Niro". Novinite.com. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ Willis, Haisten (March 2012). "Local filming wraps up for 'Killing Season' starring De Niro, Travolta". Douglas County Sentinel. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ Crawford, Spencer (March 2012). "Hollywood for a day: De Niro in Villa Rica to shoot movie scene". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ Brown, Burgess (July 8, 2013). "Song Premiere: Ben Sollee - 'Letting Go'". Paste. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Letting Go - Single". iTunes Music Store. July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ van Heoij, Boyd (June 12, 2013). "Killing Season: Karlovy Vary Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Killing Season (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Neumaier, Joe (July 11, 2013). "'Killing Season': movie review". Daily News (New York). 
  23. ^ Dewitt, David (July 11, 2013). "It’s Bosnia in Appalachia". The New York Times. 

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