Here’s one that seemed to come out of nowhere. It’s the first trailer for Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. At first glance, they’re a pair that don’t really seem to fit together, but as it turns out, that seems to be the least of the film’s problems.
Before we get any further, here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Deep in the Appalachian mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist’s true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
Just from the synopsis alone, there doesn’t seem to be much happening in the film other than these two eventually battling it out. However, even in that regard, the trailer doesn’t make it look like it would be a particularly stimulating watch. You’d have to put up not only with Travolta’s bad accent throughout the film, but also his bizarre facial hair. To top it off, it looks as though De Niro just isn’t trying very hard.
De Niro’s career has been hit or miss over the last several years. He managed to snag an Oscar nomination for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, but he’s also been slumming it in films like The Big Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Little Fockers, and Limitless.
As for John Travolta, he seemed to disappear off the map for a long time after the disastrous From Paris with Love, eventually reappearing in the critically divisive Savages. This may not be the film that puts him back on top, but at the very least he’s getting himself back out there.
It is quite bizarre that the film is coming out in less than a month and this is the first trailer that’s been deployed. I like to think I’m in the know on most films with big stars attached, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. Perhaps this is another case of the studio not being pleased with the final product, leading them to sneak the film into theaters quietly? We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out when the film finally hits theaters on July 12th.
Check out the trailer below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments!