Damson - What we're watching...#1
There are so many great series out there across god knows how many platforms and apps, it's hard to know what to watch. When we saw the trailer for Unbelievable a few weeks ago, we knew we would be hooked.
Right from go, there is an obvious problem that "Unbelievable" has to confront: It's about a serial rapist. There is no way of dressing that up as something else. This happened in real life.
Unbelievable is infuriating but in a good way. The kind that makes you absolute seeth about the blatant miscarriage of justice. Based on both a Pulitzer prize-winning article and an incredibly gripping podcast, this show is about a sexual assault that people, at the time, began to doubt ever took place. Let's just be clear though, this DID happen, and the show never asks you to question that.
The cast, as to be expected on Netflix original series nowadays, is stellar. The always incredible, Merritt Wever and Toni Collette play two polar opposite detectives, brought together on the same case, by fluke really. The supporting cast are just as good, especially the incredible Kaitlyn Dever, who puts in an astonishing performance as Marie, the victim whose story we follow, for the most part.
We're not going to be going down spoiler street with this review but to be honest, it's kind of difficult to spoil something that is based on a true story. The first episode sets the scene, introduces Marie and lays the foundation for the rest of the series. Once Wever and Collette and introduced as the detectives working around the clock to solve the case, the series really takes off. Both characters are great, spinning as many plates as they can in the hope that it leads to more clues, and to the eventual capture of the attacker. Both characters are vastly different, Wever's Detective Duvall is the softer of the two, but still has a bite. Colette's Detective Rasmussen is a little older, more grizzled and certainly more world-weary, but they make a hell of a team. The way they interact with various victims throughout the series is handled with grace and sensitivity that you rarely see in film and TV these days. The episodes each come with a content warning at the start, so be aware, this isn't the easiest watch.
In a way, it is a little bit like 2 shows in one. Half buddy cop (with more than a hint of True Detective), and half trauma survivor study. This is surely the point though, as it helps to show that there are two sides to every story. It shows that the police can be incredible but also harmful. It show's that rapists are brought to justice but unfortunately the also sometimes walk free.
You'll read and hear plenty more about Unbelievable over the coming weeks and months, so jump on the bandwagon and set aside time for 8 incredible episodes.
This one will stay with you for a long, long time.
September 21, 2019