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Killing Season (2013)

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Two veterans of the Bosnian War - one American, one Serbian - find their unlikely friendship tested when one of them reveals their true intentions.

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Killing Season tells the story of two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, who clash in the Appalachian Mountain wilderness. FORD is a former American soldier who fought on the front lines in Bosnia. When our story begins, he has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods, trying to escape painful memories of war. The drama begins when KOVAC, a former Serbian soldier, seeks Ford out, hoping to settle an old score. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game in which Ford and Kovac fight their own personal World War III, with battles both physical and psychological. By the end of the film, old wounds are opened, suppressed memories are drawn to the surface and long-hidden secrets about both Ford and Kovac are revealed. Written by producer

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The purest form of war is one on one.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, some torture, and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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25 July 2013 (Israel)  »

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$27,713 (USA) (14 July 2013)

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$27,713 (USA) (14 July 2013)
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When Benjamin emerges from the rapids and seeks shelter in a nearby cave, the survival techniques he uses are all authentic. He urinates on his leg wound to disinfect it as urine contains salts and ammonia. He later uses a medicinal herb poultice under a bandage to facilitate the safe healing of the wound. He sanitized water by boiling it, then makes pine tea to further warm his body core to prevent hypothermia setting in. The fire pit he digs is taught in military special forces, who adopted it from the Native Americans. Commonly known as a "Dakota" fire pit. It is two chambers dug into the ground roughly elbow deep that join at the bottom in a "V", with the excavated dirt mounded at the rims. The larger chamber contains the fire while the narrower one provides airflow at the base. The value of the fire pit is that it conceals firelight, as well as has the ability to be instantly extinguished and concealed by pushing the excavated dirt back in. This makes it very valuable to a soldier for escape and evasion. The knife used in the film is a Gerber LHR combat knife. Now discontinued and a collectible. See more »

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The rifle on cabin wall is a Winchester 1873. In later scenes, the rifle used is a Winchester 1892. The rifle thrown over the cliff is a Winchester 1873. See more »

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[first lines]
Emil Kovac: For 18 years I have waited.
[stands to leave]
Serbian: So what now?
Emil Kovac: Hunting. I am going hunting.
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It Should Rain
Written and Performed by Gene Casey
Performed by Eddie M.
Written by Edward Melanson
Published by Wild Pink Music/ Gene Casey Music
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Courtesy of Gene Casey Masters
By Arrangement with BOK Music
By Arrangement with Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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A movie that could have been very good
15 July 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

For starters, the movie gets absolutely everything wrong about events of the Bosnian war, but since such ignorance is expected from Hollywood, there is no reason to hold it against this particular title.

The premise of the movie is good, the basic story is decent, but the script could have been better written, the two main characters' stories never get satisfyingly developed. If this was directed by John McTiernan as originally planned, this would have been a great movie. Sadly, instead we got the guy who did Daredevil and he once again delivered a bland, uninspiring product. Acting is OK, Travolta did his best to hold a consistent accent (it was the wrong accent, but hey!) throughout the movie, while DeNiro looked more like he was only concerned with the paycheck.

All in all, the movie is not terrible, I guess it wouldn't kill you to watch it if you have nothing better to do for an hour and a half. The sad part is that this could have been a much, much better movie, perhaps even a classic.


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