‘The Veil’ unravels despite Elisabeth Moss being tied up in spy mode

‘The Veil’ unravels despite Elisabeth Moss being tied up in spy mode

Despite her commitment to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Elisabeth Moss has stayed busy in movies and limited series, including “Shining Girls” and now “The Veil,” a spin-off spy thriller for Hulu. Adopting a British accent, Moss plays an MI6 agent, but his cat-and-mouse game with a suspected terrorist gradually unravels after a rather interesting start.

The six-episode show opens in a refugee camp on the Syrian/Turkish border, where Adilah (Yumna Marwan) has sought refuge. But is he actually the mastermind of ISIS, who has valuable information about pending terrorist attacks? Determining that falls to Imogen (Moss), who, as a French agent observes, will get to the bottom of things if anyone can.

Not surprisingly, the high stakes attract a lot of attention, not only from the French authorities but a CIA agent (Josh Charles) who parachutes in and tries to control the chaos, like the proverbial American cattle in an international china shop.

Written by Steven Knight, the British writer-producer best known stateside for “Peaky Blinders” (but also behind the more recent disappointments “Great Expectations” and “All the Light We Cannot See”), “The Veil” has fun playing with spy convention. That includes a hostile interaction between Charles’ character and his French counterpart (Dali Benssalah), which even results in a rather hilarious push-and-push match.

Unfortunately, the show continues to drift into genre clichés, from Adilah’s motivation to reunite with her son to Imogen haunted by her past, which dilutes the tense interactions between the two leads as the agent tries to break through the protective shell of his target in them. chapter opening.

No one pulls off that glowing look and quiet intensity quite like Moss, and she seems to be relishing this chance to morph into a modern-day Emma Peel type, boots and kicks included, perhaps in part because she’s not the obvious choice. for the assignment.

However, he probably had a better time than you, and once you get past the initial novelty, the show seems at best like a mediocre addition to a long list of espionage-related series.

In that sense, “The Veil” is at least aptly named. Because even though it starts out subtly hiding its mystery, the longer the story goes on, the less its flimsy premise holds together.

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