So scarred and disillusioned is Ford (DeNiro) with life that he lives alone in a cabin deep in the Appalachian Mountains, in an area both remote and unforgiving. He guards his solitude with such might that he even refuses his son's offer to attend his grandson's christening. He cooks his own meals, listens to Johnny Cash records and gets by with aspirins to dull the pain from an injury he received on active duty. While on a journey to get more (much needed) pain killers Ford's truck has engine trouble, but by chance a lone man (with a heavy Serbian accent) in the woods offers to fix the problem and soon this stranger is sitting in Ford's cabin, enjoying a meal, drinking and swapping stories with this recluse. What Ford does not know is this man is trained killer Emil Kovac (Travolta), who is not there by accident, but has his own hidden agenda.
The result is very interesting as we watch this man to man battle and slowly come to realise these two men are not that dissimilar, decent men at heart, unfortunately placed in certain circumstances which has found them doing unspeakable acts. Indeed, on their first evening together you could feel there could be a bond between the two. However it is war that brings them together and it is war they are raging between each other, but as the film displays, is there really any winner? DeNiro was excellent as the American lost within himself, however I was most impressed with Travolta, who I felt had the more difficult role. Not only did he have the Serbian accent to deal with (I thought he did a great job), but he had to find the humanity in this killing machine, and this he did. An action packed film worthy of bringing these two acting superstars in one strong package.
Alongside the trailer, I have included a 3 minute clip of John Travolta talking about 'Killing Season':