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The Veil (2016)

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.

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Maggie Price
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Jim Jacobs
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Karen Sweetzer
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Jill
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Nick
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Ann
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Christian
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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.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language. | See all certifications »

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19 January 2016 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Ivy George's third horror movie, after Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) and Krampus (2015). See more »

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The diesel generator found after 25 yrs. There's no way it would be in working condition after 25 yrs. See more »

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A film defined by one performance......
25 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

In most respects The Veil is a very ordinary film. It takes a well trodden path that mixes the notion of re-incantation with an invasion of the body snatchers/possession twist.

Most of the performances in this flick are pretty forgettable. Jessica Alba's character, who is supposedly the lead, spends most of her time looking like she's about to have a painful visit to the dentist. She's perpetually afraid, from the opening scenes to closing credits, with little in the way of emotional range, in between.

What holds this film together and really defines it is the show stealing performance by Thomas Jane. Janes character, cult leader, Jim Jacobs, is a pretty transparent Jim Jones, Peoples Temple, knock off. But what a knock off! Jane is absurdly good and utterly convincing as Jacobs. So much so, I kept watching what is otherwise a rather mediocre film.

Its a shame we don't see more of Jane in leading roles, he clearly has a lot to offer. I think for one thing he'd make an outstanding Jim Jones, should anyone decide to revisit that sad story. As to The Veil, I'd say watch it for Jane's remarkable performance but beyond that, don't come to this flick with big expectations or you will be disappointed. Five out of ten from me.


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