Series | In English | 1 season (8 episodes). Each episode is between 43 and 58 minutes | Original Release: 2019
This is about a series of rapes in Washington and Colorado. The story first focuses on the rape of Marie Adler, a disturbed teenager living in a foster home. What she goes through with the police investigators and the medical examinations may make future rape victims think twice about coming forward. As another rape victim emerges, the detectives on each case, Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvalll, agree to work together. The two assiduously gather clues in what they begin to think could be one rapist committing these crimes. The series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong that appeared in ProPublica and The Marshall Project.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 82
- The fantastic reviews have prompted Netflix to plan a second season.
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“UNBELIEVABLE” eschews dramatic twists and turns for a much more grounded narrative. Perception is king on this show, and time and time again, how others read the victims sets up a heartbreaking fall of dominoes.
“UNBELIEVABLE” is remarkably adroit, striking a tone that easily could have wallowed in misery instead. It’s a show about process and the failings of the justice system, but also pointing to where we can find hope in a bleak situation.
We all love our dramas, and what “UNBELIEVABLE” shows is that you can make a scripted show about our broken criminal justice system that is entertaining and human and likable and satisfying as any paint-by-numbers drama, if not more.
The actual history behind the Netflix mini-series “UNBELIEVABLE” is a near-perfect example of the Faustian bargain at the heart of true-crime storytelling. It’s horrifying and in equal measure exciting, in a way that is likely to leave you both appalled and satisfied at the end. As a mystery, the series is taut and engrossing, and its multiple denouements play out with a judicious mix of celebration and regret.
This series has things to say: That it says them plainly is a virtue, and allows us to see the story more clearly. As a document of trauma, overcome both through justice and through a hard-won fight for self-worth, “UNBELIEVABLE” soars.
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