Character actress Lisa Zane dominates UNVEILED, a stylish straight-to-video thriller, with a classic tough-cookie performance.
Poor little rich girl Stephanie Montgomery (Zane) can't spend Daddy's money fast enough on cocaine. When one of Stephanie's groupies gets shot during a soured drug buy, her father pulls the plug on the plastic, forcing her to take drastic action. She flies to Marrakech and hooks up with old pal
Ellen (Martha Gehman), just as she's headed out of town. It seems that the dowdy and socially reticent Ellen has just bagged Mr. Right, a dreamboat named Jeremy (Nick Chinlund). She leaves Stephanie the keys to her life and promises to be back after a two-day holiday.
Striking a provocative pose in the marketplace, Stephanie is approached by the dashing Peter Masters (Whip Hubley), an embassy functionary, who soon confides he's hot on the trail of a psychopath who preys on gullible American tourists--it's Jeremy, of course. Quickly enlisting her into his plan,
Masters turns her loose at the local casino, where Stephanie's wiles soon have Jeremy's antennae in an upright position. Proceeding according to plan, she first spots a passport which proves he was out of the country at the time of the murders, and then a whole stack of passports, which cancels
her former proof. As a relationship begins to develop between them, Jeremy confesses he is writing a book about his exploits, but is reluctant to discuss the exact subject matter.
Finally, at Masters's behest, Stephanie breaks into Jeremy's computer, revealing a work-in-progress in which the author admits to killing five people. But she also spots photos of Ellen and Masters together. Just as Jeremy returns from the airport, Masters bursts into the apartment with guns
blazing, and Jeremy gets shot. In Jeremy's hospital room, Stephanie overhears Masters confess to killing the women in question; he also reveals that he and Jeremy are rival CIA assassins. Stephanie shoots Masters and reconciles with her father under the closing credits.
The talented Lisa Zane (sister of the equally gifted Billy) is well served by this sort of effortless vehicle. No less in command of her screen time than Madonna was in DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Zane projects a moxie and seen-it-bub cynicism that instantly distinguish her from the leggy,
brainless heroines of most straight-to-video fare. She's welcome to any of the roles Linda Fiorentino should be leaving behind on the strength of a similar turn in THE LAST SEDUCTION. (Sexual situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: Character actress Lisa Zane dominates UNVEILED, a stylish straight-to-video thriller, with a classic tough-cookie performance. Poor little rich girl Stephanie Montgomery (Zane) can't spend Daddy's money fast enough on cocaine. When one of Stephanie's gro… (more)