We've all seen the various dramas based on real-life stories, but few will send you on a rollercoaster of emotions quite like Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey. Currently airing on Netflix, this is a remarkable true story but one that will have you horrified within minutes of it starting.
I don't want to give too much away about the movie so I'll say this. As the lives of young girls go, Lisa McVey was dealt an awful hand. At 17-years-old she was living with her grandmother and her partner. Her sister lived with their mother, an entirely hideous woman who should be in prison. And if Lisa thought she had escaped that life, then she was very wrong. Trapped in her abusive home, Lisa's only respite was working in a donut shop.
That is until one night when cycling home, she is abducted off the street. Taken to the kidnapper's home, she is repeatedly raped and assaulted and faces certain death. But having dealt with her own abuser for years, she had learned enough that in a very small window of opportunity, Lisa (Katie Douglas) gets away. All of this happens within the first 25 minutes of the movie and to say it is a harrowing watch is the understatement of the century.
Reprieve from her trauma comes when she goes to the police who initially don't really believe her. The story seems so insane that they refer her to Sgt. Larry Pinkerton (David James Elliott), who knows instantly that she is telling the truth. But what is incredible about the story is the sheer level of detail that Lisa memorised. And is this that helps the police investigate and track down the kidnapper. There is more to Believe Me but it's better to watch just how incredibly courageous Lisa McVey was.
It is harrowing to the point of almost being voyeuristic but there is redemption. As inspiring stories go, they don't get better than the life of Lisa McVey and everybody should know it.