THE VEIL – Review by Susan Granger

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Having established her versatility in Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss stars in The Veil in which she plays an enigmatic rogue MI6 operative determined to uncover a mysterious enemy agent, the mastermind behind an upcoming ISIS terrorist attack on the United States.

Her quest begins in a remote Syrian refugee camp near the border with Turkey, where several women identify and accuse Adilah El Idrissi (Yumna Marwan) of being the ISS agent who tortured them and murdered their families.

Using the pseudonym Imogen Salter, the MI6 agent ‘rescues’ Adilah and begins to subtly quizzes her to try to determine if she is – indeed – the cold-blooded killer known as Djinn al Raqqa, a shape-shifting genie, renown in folklore.

Imogen firmly believes that it she can befriend Adilah, she can uncover essential details of her deadly secret mission. Gradually, Imogen and Adilah discover enough intriguing similarities in their damaged backgrounds and experiences to inspire exchanging confidences, particularly about children and families.

Problem is: Imogen’s Muslim lover Malik Amar (Dali Benssalah), an intense French-Algerian agent reporting to Magritte, France’s Directorate-General for External Affairs (Thibault de Montalembert), and aggressive CIA agent Max Peterson (Josh Charles) want to capture Adilah first and ask questions later.

Created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, All the Light We Cannot See”), the unpredictably action-filled, six-episode thriller miniseries starts out strong and then kind of slowly strings the viewer along – intrigued by Elisabeth Moss’s and Yumma Marwan’s convincing adversarial performances.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Veil is a suspenseful 6, an acting showcase streaming on Hulu – with the possibility of a second season yet to be confirmed

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.