Netflix Review, Unbelievable: It’s saddening. It’s maddening. It’s engrossing. It’s disturbing. It’s moving.
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Based on the true events, Netflix’s striking new limited series “Unbelievable” is a sympathetic and sensitive portrayal of trauma and tragedy.
Based on the true events of a Pulitzer Prize winning report by ProPublica, Netflix’s striking new limited series “Unbelievable” is sympathetic and sensitive portrayal of trauma and tragedy.
It begins with Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever, Short Term 12), a fostered teenager who gets accused of lying about a rape. But the poor girl’s fate changes when two female investigators (played by Merritt Wever and Toni Collette) get on the case to uncover a series of crucial truths.
The 8-episode season whirls with a storm of emotions. It’s saddening. It’s maddening. It’s engrossing. It’s disturbing. It’s moving. And while it can be very difficult to watch at times, it’s also a rewarding and remarkable achievement in humane television. With its excellent writing and fully dimensional characters, the show works twofold as a psychological study of the aftermath and fallout of such heinous acts, and a gripping “True Detective”-esque crime drama. It’s the type of haunting investigation that one takes home with them — the kind that leaves bags under the eyes forever. The show also stresses that everyone reacts differently to pressure and trauma, and it’s a thoughtful and urgent examination of how these crimes are treated by law enforcement (as well as peers) and why it takes a toll just to break through the relentless walls of doubt in order to have a shot at hope for justice.
The entire cast is phenomenal. Kaitlyn Dever anchors the story with quiet turmoil and a piercing sense of shattered confusion and displacement. Merritt Wever and Toni Collette form an exceptionally compelling dynamic of two steadfast yet very human characters with the same goal in mind. Wever is affectingly soft-spoken and determined, while Collette is more of a bulldozer of frustration and fury. Both are fantastic, and will probably be mentioned during the next awards cycle.
“Unbelievable” casts a compassionate heart to victims everywhere. It’s a search for peace in a tidal wave, a call to make sure that tears aren’t just a drop in the ocean.