A beautiful wife and mother, Jamie Taylor, has been working hard to keep her husband's restaurant afloat, during his frequent business trips, providing vigilant care for her young diabetic son, and somehow keeping it together, until the reality behind the life she's known is called into question after a car accident. Jamie awakens as a prisoner in a remote warehouse, as her kidnapper informs her that her husband is actually an assassin who has stolen 40 million dollars from their crime organization. Worse, if she can't figure out where the money is, the kidnapper promises to kill her son. Although the film aspires to have a "Rear Window" style to it, focusing on a few characters, within limited settings, "THE BETRAYED" doesn't have Hitchcock's style. Worse, it doesn't have a style of its own! Nothing about this thriller really feels unique. Fortunately, the lead actress(Melissa George) and captor(Oded Fehr) are terrific and their chemistry helps to raise the film's entertainment value above what the film's mediocre direction.
Plenty of potholes in the script, but "THE BETRAYED" is ultimately entertaining and far better than most straight-to-dvd thrillers(which this appears to have been). Definitely worth a rental, and some may want to add it to the collection, for Melissa George's performance and beauty alone!
MGM/FOX has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release. The darker confines of the warehouse, wherein many scenes take place, preclude the colors from appearing vibrant. Still, they feel natural throughout, and fleshtones are fine. Contrast varies greatly, sometimes offering excellent detail, but lacking definition in other moments.
MGM/FOX has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. With an emphasis on dialogue, the mix is decidedly front channel focused. However, ambient effects are well utilized at key moments with surround speakers. Bass effects are virtually non-existent. Dynamic range is fine but unremarkable.