Treachery movie review

Jan 29, 2014 at 3:18 a.m. ET

In this edgy, low-budget drama, things spiral out of control when a young groom-to-be finds out his fiancee is having an affair with his father.

What would you do if you found out your parent and your future spouse were having an affair? Would you forgive, forget, or fight?

That’s the moral dilemma Nathan (Matthew Ziff) faces when he finds out that not only has his fiancee Cecilia (Sarah Butler) been sleeping with his father Henry (Michael Biehn), but that she is pregnant by him. Stash those three, plus Nathan’s stepmother Vanessa (Caitlin Keats), in a cabin that’s kept shuttered by a raging storm, and watch as tempers flare, excuses abound and mysteries unfold.

Written and directed by Travis Romero (whose credits include White Collar, Hawaii, and The Victim), Treachery is a slow-burn, talky drama which holds interest thanks to strong, realistic dialogue and believable performances by its cast (though on occasion, things do veer into bizarre territory… for instance, there’s a gratuitous sex scene which seems added more for sizzle than substance).

The cast of relative unknowns hold their own with Biehn (who also produced), whose screen presence is every bit as compelling as it was in his heyday when he appeared in Aliens, Tombstone and the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration, Grindhouse, in which Biehn played a sheriff beset by cannibal zombies in the “Planet Terror” segment.

Traverse will release Treachery in the first half of 2014, and will co-present a Los Angeles theatrical screening at a date to be determined.