The Veil (2016) Movie Review

The Veil (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
93 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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The Veil Review


Twenty-five years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow.

The Veil (2016) is an American supernatural horror mystery that I do not recommend to anyone to watch that wants to see the real story about Jim Jones and the mass suicide that he was involved in. Director Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang (2006), Final Analysis (1992), U2: Rattle and Hum (1988), State of Grace (1990)) did not succeed in making this film anything remotely resembling horror. The Veil contains violence, gore, bad language, disturbing scenes, mass suicide, cult, corpse, supernatural, abandoned house, childhood trauma, cult leader, flashback sequence, cult member, interview and a sole survivor.

The Veil revolves around Sarah (Lily Rabe - American Horror Story (2011), All Good Things (2010), No Reservations (2007), Pawn Sacrifice (2014)) who was the sole survivor of a religious cult who commit a mass suicide twenty-five years. Documentary filmmaker Maggie Price (Jessica Alba - Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010)) contacts Sarah. Maggie hopes that Sarah would accept and do a film documentary about what happened to the members of Heaven’s Veil to lead them to a mass suicide. Sarah was five years old when the tragedy occurred but accepts Maggie offer after learning that Maggie has evidence that there is footage that has not been recovered. Maggie’s father was one of the FBI agents investigating the mass suicide and shortly after took his own life. Maggie, her brother Christian (Jack De Sena - Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005), All That (1994), Dorm Life (2008), The Wild (2006)), Sarah and a film crew headed to the cult suicide site.

Sarah was overwhelmed with flashbacks of the tragedy and ghostly visions. Skip forward and the team finds the lost footages that showed a female name Karen talking nonstop and addresses Sarah before dying. Everyone wants to leave the site except for Sarah and Maggie, who needs answers. What happened next was not expected but did not encourage me to stay and watch the rest of the movie although I did so that I can write this review. Overall the movie was an okay watch that I would give a score for four for effort, acting, sound, unexpected ending and for the gore. The movie failed because it was a terrible cliche of the story of Jim Jones who was involved in a large mass suicide.

About The Veil (2016)

Title: The Veil
Year: 2016
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 22 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 22
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Thomas Jane, Jessica Alba, Ivy George, Nathan Clarkson, Aleksa Palladino, Jim Storm, Eric Banzon, Feather Rae Dawn, Kyla-Drew, Chet Grissom, Sandra Rosko, Shannon Woodward, Kevin Hawley, Lily Rabe, David Sullivan, Christopher Sweeney, Katsy Chappell, Laurine Price, Conn Barrett, Shane Roney, Shayla Chanadet, Mark Sande, Lenny Jacobson, Skya Chanadet, Meegan Warner, Anna Sampson, Chelsea Grant, Timothy A. Wilson, Alina Lopez, Cheyenne Wilbur
Writers: Robert Ben Garant
Director: Phil Joanou

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