William Levy (Resident Evil : The Final Chapter) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia franchise) star in The Veil, a “refreshing fantasy film that eschews digital effects for real vistas”*, out August 11 via Vertical Entertainment.
Set in a war-torn land where tribal factions live in fear of annihilation, The Veil tells the story of a deadly warrior (William Levy) leading a destructive war campaign. When he is betrayed by his own and left for dead, he is healed by a mysterious princess and taken in by a hidden tribe that believes he was chosen to wage a final battle.
Co-starring Serinda Swan (Marvel’s Inhumans), Nick E. Tarabay (Arrow), Billy Blair (Machete Kills) and Romanian Olympic gold medallist Nadia Comaneci.
From director Brent Ryan Green and writer Jeff Goldberg comes ‘’a cult film waiting to happen’’,* The Veil in select theaters and on VOD August 11.
Talking with Brent Ryan Green
Now is The Veil based on a true story?
Brent Ryan Green: No it was not. However we looked at Native American and Aztec cultures for inspiration. Especially with Native American culture there was a lot to admire, which we tried to put into the film.
Would you call it a revenge film?
Brent Ryan Green: Yes but its also a lot more then just that. It’s about the burden of the father being passed on to the son. Revenge does play a large role in motivating Warrior. The group he serves killed his father and demanded he takes his place and fight.
The betrayal is a big part of what shapes our hero though, isn’t it? What makes him tick? What gives him his motivation to carry on after his own people leave him for dead?
Brent Ryan Green: For sure, Warrior is betrayed by his closes friends. He is left with nothing to live for. Without giving to much of the film away its what he discovers next that gives him the strength to carry on.
What was it about William Levy that made him the right man for the role?
Brent Ryan Green: Meeting with William Levy for the first time I knew right away he was perfect for the role. His energy and passion for the project was undeniable. We clicked right away and he was fantastic to work with. The Veil was an extremely difficult, on location, shoot but William brought 100% commitment. I look forward to working with him again.
Where has the film been released so far?
Brent Ryan Green: The Veil is out in Germany, France and Latin America I believe. It’s now starting to open up in even more country. So probably out a few more countries by now with many more to follow.
What do you think US audiences get from The Veil?
Brent Ryan Green: An action adventure film with some deeper layers for those who want to take a closer look. And if not, a fun ride.
The Veil Review
The Veil is one of those movies that begs to open the whole ‘what is sci-fi’ debate. Because, essentially, this is a fantasy movie placed on a different planet. The ‘aliens’ look like humans, there are trees everywhere, and the most sophisticated piece of weaponry you come across is a sword. However, even though it’s quote as a fantasy in the information above, on IMDB it’s listed purely as sci-fi adventure. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, because really it’s up to the creators what they define it as. However, it did cause a moment of consternation for me when I realized halfway into the film that I wasn’t going to see any of what i think of as the traditional sci-fi elements involved. In fact, I had a flashback to Stargate SG-1 where Jack comments on no matter where you go in the galaxy, people look like people and trees look like trees.
For all that I just ragged on it for the sci-fi and fantasy thing, though, The Veil really was a well-shot movie. The cinematography was excellent, and there were many shots that I just genuinely enjoyed looking at. The costuming was interesting in some parts, and a bit weak in others. (The Black Knight very wrongly (It wasn’t their fault at all. I don’t think.) had Monty Python and the Holy Grail flashing through my head.) But the landscape, the views of the planet above, etc, were all well done. Of course, it didn’t hurt that there was some serious eye candy of the male variety frequently on screen, and I love my sweets.
Some viewers may recognized some of the stars, such as William Moseley or William Levy. I did not. So I can’t say how their acting compares to other work that they’ve been in. For me, the only one who I truly thought felt a bit ill-fitting was Serinda Swan. I honestly can’t even put my finger on why, but she was the one who felt the least believable out of the lot.
The plot behind The Veil was a fairly recognizable one. Revenge, from the dark to the light and vice versa, training sequences, the hero, the anti-hero. I’m sure there might be layers to it that I didn’t see, but I’m not the type to think deep thoughts during a movie. The director referenced that it would be a ‘fun ride’ for people like me, and he was mostly right. Mostly because, truth be told, I just wasn’t the appropriate audience for this film.
Still, The Veil did what it set out to do, and for the people the film is aimed at, I think they’ll be a lot more impressed than I was. It was well-shot, well-acted, and pretty to look at. Sometimes even if that’s all you get out of a movie, that can be enough.
Watch the trailer for The Veil below, and make up your mind for yourself. I’m simply not the right person to lay down a judgement on this type of movie.