Killing Season Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Killing Season

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    A man rubs salt into old wounds.

  • Starring:

    Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia, Elizabeth Olin, Diana Lyubenova, Kalin Sarmenov, Stefan Shterev

  • Directed by:

    Evan Daugherty

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People shot point-blank execution-style, mid-range/long-range with machine guns. People are shot/shot at (arrows, flare gun), axed, waterboarded, punched, kicked, tortured, slashed, hit with objects, hung upside-down, bound, dragged, pursued, threatened (including a baby), pushed, swept away, near-strangled. Vehicle rollover, explosions, burning debris, broken mirror. Raped mother, raped sister, raped women, butchered children mentioned. Killing animals (hunting) discussed. War, genocide, massacre, ethnic cleansing, 200 000 deaths, civilian casualties, Nazis mentioned. Blood/gore: Many corpses (fresh, decayed, burning). Blood splatter, dripping blood, bloody gashes, blood on objects, blood on clothing, bloody skin. Wounded leg, exposed flesh, objects protruding/removed/inserted through skin, cleaning wound. Scars, scratches, grazes, bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Reference to sexual activity. Shirtless men (POWs), man in boxers. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots). Smoking.Aspirin.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word, p*ss. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Bosnian War (1992-1995), ethnic cleansing, US military, NATO forces, revenge, confessions, torture, survival, isolation, photography, hunting, family, Johnny Cash's Don't Take Your Guns To Town.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Ex-wife remarried, severe leg pain, paralysis from neck down mentioned. Remote wilderness setting.  Helicopters, waterfalls, lightning, full moon. Birds (Andean condor, owl), elk, flies, scorpion tattoo, taxidermy heads on wall (elk). Spitting. Some unidentified foreign language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Mildly entertaining. Good character development. Great cast (but unlikely casting choices). Pretty location cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Absurd, one-note, obvious, terrible, predictable, bland, over-determined, brutal, unlikely, inelegant, moralising, tedious, pretentious, preposterous. Travolta's accent is cheesy, deadpan; De Niro's accent is odd and inconsistent. Weak screenplay, anti-climactic ending, slow-paced.

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