Ever watched a movie or a show that made you feel hopeless and hopeful at the same time? Unbelievable does that to you. It is a show inspired by true events. After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Unbelievable is a story about the messy system of justice and the victims who fall prey to criminals. Criminals who are taking advantage of being a step ahead of the system all the time. It will make you question law and order throughout the duration of the show.
Unbelievable has chosen to speak about real issues that exist in society in plain terms. It talks about the loopholes in the system, the ineffectiveness of trying to create awareness, the inaction against men who have clearly committed condemnable crimes and the constant juggling of the mind between being hopeless and hopeful as to where the society is going. It speaks the language of lucid truth with striking revelations. What happens of the case is indeed unbelievable.
When I watched the show, what disturbed me more than the crime was how it was treated by the people who are supposed to be the protectors of the citizens. It was heart-breaking to see other women throw shade at the young accuser just because she acted differently and felt detached. Moments like these will definitely make the viewers question the process of justice. The show reiterates that the woman should not be held responsible for being the victim. However, it also brings to attention that false accusations are harmful. This was much needed. It was great to see two female detectives crack the case and bring justice: it felt empowering. If there are women who put fellow women down, there are also others who will use their privilege and power to uplift them. This is what gives us hope.
The writing of this show is blunt, which serves the purpose of making this show: to call a spade a spade. It is well-paced and the conflicts are engaging. The resolutions don’t come easily, which hooks the viewer to the show. The characterisation is really good, the characters are distinctive and hold their space well. The writers have also spent time working out the psychology and ideology of certain characters, which is commendable. The acting is moving and emotional while being subtle. It is refined and the cast has done a wonderful job.
This show was required to be made with utmost sincerity, genuineness and realism, and the team has done complete justice to it.
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