Unbelievable treats a sensitive issue in a very believable way


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com/watch?v=QTIkUzkbzQk Instead of merely touching upon the topic of rape for enhancing numbers and revenue, this sensitive series examines the real life trauma felt by rape victims

Based on a 2015 news article “An unbelievable story of rape”, this Netflix miniseries portrays two different yet interconnected timelines

One of the timelines follows the story of a young foster child Marie Adler who is raped by an unidentified man but the law enforcement does not believe her and accuses her of making up the incident for cheap publicity

The other timeline narrates the journey of two female detectives in search of a serial rapist who has spread a wave of terror throughout Colorado

[caption id="attachment_88382" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo:IMDb[/caption] This Netflix original offers the harrowing experience felt by the victims of such heinous crimes and puts forward a very thought-provoking question, when will victim blaming come to an end? Created by Sussanah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, and Michael Chabon, Unbelievable offers an impeccable storyline and crisp direction

The screenplay is divided between the two timelines so artistically that the audience never loses their interest in the eye-opening account unfolding in front of them

However, this miniseries is slightly disturbing and merits a trigger warning

[caption id="attachment_88384" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo:IMDb[/caption] Coming to the acting department; the key roles are played by Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, and Merritt Wever

Collette and Wever are undoubtedly flawless in their portrayal of detectives following the serial rapist but, for me, Dever is the star of the show

Her portrayal of Adler is truly Emmy-worthy

The performance is filled with raw emotions and heart-wrecking enactment of a rape victim

Her transformation from a working foster child, to a rape survivor, to a falsely accused victim is truly a grand affair

She shines in every bit of her role

The supporting cast also includes very talented individuals who add to the essence of the story and elevate it further

[caption id="attachment_88383" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo:IMDb[/caption] Unbelievable isn’t just another forgetful Netflix original

Rather, it is a tale that will strike a chord in many hearts

It raises some serious questions about where the priorities of our society lie

Given the current wave of the ‘Me Too’ movement, this series is relevant now more than ever since it reiterates the same narrative that victim-blaming is never an option

However, the only flaw in this miniseries, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t take into account that false accusations are indeed levied

According to a report by Ashley M Cote, two to 10 per cent of registered rape cases are based on false accusations

But since this series is based on the personal accounts of rape victims, perhaps, the inclusion of the above-mentioned reality wasn’t intended to be a part of it

All in all, Unbelievable delivers the message it intended to, that too masterfully

[caption id="attachment_88385" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo:IMDb[/caption] Watch the series for its brilliant performances, the gripping screenplay, and crisp direction

Above all, watch it for a sensitive portrayal of the pain and agony of rape victims which has long escaped in the glamour-ridden world of Hollywood

It would surely open your eyes and compel you to ask some hard-hitting questions about the kind of society we live in



Date:29-Sep-2019 Reference:View Original Link