Austin Highsmith in A Deadly Affair (2017)

A Typical TV Affair

Mary (Austin Highsmith) and Charlie's (Alan Powell) marriage had become a little rocky, he forgot their anniversary whilst she almost slept with their friend Trevor (Luke Edwards) whose partner, Susan (Valerie Azlynn), is always working as she is a lawyer. But Mary is becoming suspicious of Charlie when he says he is working late on a property he is renovating and decides to show up there unannounced only to find him dead. With Charlie's sister, Crystal (Lorna Street Dopson), suspecting that Mary might have done it and with police investigating she turns to Susan for legal help.

Some times it is incredibly difficult to muster up any sort of enthusiasm when it comes to reviewing TV movies for the reason being that they end up depressingly generic. That is the issue when it comes to "A Deadly Affair" as once again a woman finds herself trying to solve a crime which the police suspect her of and there are a few possibilities as to who is responsible for the murder. That list includes the sister-in-law who seems a little unstable, a girl who worked at a hardware store who fled from the funeral, the friend Trevor who Mary kissed and almost slept with plus of course his other half who suspiciously worked long hours. And that of course brings up the movie's one interesting angle, what happens when Susan discovers that Mary nearly slept with Trevor who is clearly obsessed with her.

The annoying thing about "A Deadly Affair" is that whilst there are enough clues to make an educated guess as to who is behind it all whilst also giving you enough line to make you wonder if there is a twist to it, you just don't care. And that comes down to the generic nature of the characters as there is nothing about them to draw you in to their lives. On top of that some of these characters not only have the sort of dialogue which makes you groan but they struggle to deliver it without feeling like they have just tried to memorise it. In the end the one performance which comes close to being good comes from Austin Highsmith but then her character is central to the movie and has the best of the writing.

What this all boils down to is that "A Deadly Affair" is just another made for TV thriller which goes through the motions but never really manages to do anything new to make it either gripping or memorable.