Netflix often does a pretty good job with its short run, limited series, mini-series type programs. Its new addition, Unbelievable is another good example of this.
Unbelievable is based on a true story and stars Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, and Merritt Wever. The eight episodes follows two main storylines; the first is the case of a teenager that reports a rape to police and after scrutiny then says she made it all up, the second follows the investigation into a series of rapes in a nearby county.
It’s one of those shows that will make you want to yell at your TV. The frustration comes from knowing that this is a true story and that what the various characters go through is based on reality. You can’t help but put yourself in their various situations and wonder how you would react. It is a slow moving show, as it should be due to the investigation, and in parts is teeth-grittingly good stuff. All the leads are solid, although at times I thought Collette seemed to be phoning it in a little. Wever was a standout for me, as was Dever, both had scenes that were riveting.
The story and various cases are given the dignity they deserve, and while some of the very brief rape flashbacks might disturb some viewers, it is compelling viewing.