And now for something a little different. Taking a break from our usual fare today we are looking at a true crime Documentary that will chill you to your soul.
Director: Lisa Bryant
Genre: True Crime, Documentary
Runtime: 4 Episodes
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Leading up to his 2019 arrest, mysterious tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades, assembling a network of enablers to help carry out and cover up his crimes. Epstein came from humble beginnings yet managed to lie and manipulate his way to the top of the financial world. He eventually gained tremendous wealth and power while running an international sex trafficking ring. The serial sex abuser made a secret plea deal with the government in 2008 avoiding a potential life sentence and continued to abuse women.
My soul is a little broken after watching this. After everything that we see in the media these days, it still shocks me to see and hear about things that genuinely shock me. And the Story of Jeffrey Epstein, and those associated with him was enough to seriously put a chill through me on this very balmy May morning.
The story is predominantly told through the testimonies of the survivors of the abuse, And listening to their stories of the terrible things that this man got away with for so long, it is absolutely horrific. There is a lot of discussions about child abuse, sexual assault and paedophilia, so if you are sensitive to those subjects this is definitely not going to be an easy watch for you. All the women should be extremely proud of how brave they were here, none of them chose to be anonymous, all are happy to show their faces and talk openly, if emotionally about their experiences. This makes the viewing experience even more visceral, as they hold absolutely nothing back.
When you get to the final two episodes, and you see how badly the Criminal Justice System dealt with Epstein, it makes you feel genuinely angry. You trust the people in charge of your country, whether that be the US or your home country, to protect you from people like Jeffery Epstein. And documentaries like this uncover just how easy it is for that trust to be breached.
This is one of those documentaries that, just when you think it can’t get any worse, it gets worse. It isn’t approached in a informal or conversational way. It doesn’t hide away from hard topics and it throws facts at you left and right despite how uncomfortable it may be for you to hear them. And those are the kind of crime documentaries I like, I don’t like to see things dumbed down, if you are going to tell me a horrific story, don’t leave anything out.
I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who is a fan of crime dramas but beware if you have some sensitivities.