Let’s take a break from the impeachment discussion for a short review of Unbelievable, which is the dramatization of the story of serial rapist who raped women in Washington state and Colorado between 2008-2011. It was first reported in depth by Pro Publica, and it is, sadly, all too believable. It centers around a young woman raped in Lynwood, WA in 2008, who was later prosecuted for filing a false report. At that time, 21.3% of the rapes reported the Lynwood PD were considered unfounded, far above the national average of 4.3%. The rapes were later solved by a task force of suburban Denver police departments.
There’s plenty of drama and pathos in this story, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for writers, actors and the director to go over the top. Unbelievable does the opposite: it is deliberately paced. The performances are measured and subtle where they need to be (especially the work of Kaitlyn Dever, who plays the first victim). Tony Colette and Merritt Weaver are excellent as the Denver-area detectives.
It is very hard to watch, sad and maddening, and I think worth the trouble.