Sunday, September 15, 2019

Netflix's 'Unbelievable' Is A Dramatic Story About Rape, The Aftermath And the Police Investigation


My wife and I recently watched the eight-part Netflix series Unbelievable.

The series, based on a true story, is a serious study of rape and aftermath, as well as a fascinating and dramatic police investigation, was outstanding. 

Kaitlyn Dever portrays “Marie,” an 18-year-old woman raised in the foster care system in Washington State, who was raped in her apartment. Confused and traumatized, she offers conflicting statements about the rape and she is disbelieved by the detectives investigating the rape. 

The detectives have her recant her story and later charge her for false reporting the rape to the police. 

Dever, whose performance was excellent, shows Marie’s subsequent spiral downfall.

The series also depicts the two women detectives, portrayed by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, who investigate other rapes that they tie to a serial rapist in Colorado.

Dever, Collette, Wever and the other cast members are first-class, as are the direction and writing of this initially sad and depressing, but ultimately uplifting series. 

If one is looking for a fine drama series to watch, I recommend Unbelievable





You can read the propublica.org article that the series was based on via the below link:

https://www.propublica.org/article/false-rape-accusations-an-unbelievable-story




You can read my Crime Beat column on the Philadelphia Police's Sex Crimes Unit via the below link:

www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2015/12/my-crime-beat-column-visit-to.html

Note: The top photo is of Kaitlyn Dever. The next photo is of Toni Collette and Merritt Wever.

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