Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The true story of Lisa McVey depicted in this excellent film is moving, rough and very powerful. The themes centre on kidnapping, sexual violence and murder.


On the night she plans on taking her own life, a 17-year-old girl is kidnapped and raped by a man she doesn’t know. But when she is able to get him to release her and runs home, nobody believes her story, except for a detective who suggests her kidnapper may be a recent serial killer.

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Movie details

Director: Jim Donovan
Cast: Katie Douglas, David James Elliott, Rossif Sutherland, Amanda Arcuri
Writer: Christina Welsh
Release Date: 30 September 2018
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Biography, Drama, Crime
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong themes and disturbing scenes in the form of a teenage girl being kidnapped and raped by a man. The film also features thematic elements such as murder, kidnapping, abuse and suicide.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features several scenes in which a teenage girl is sexually assaulted and raped by a man.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “bitch” and “bulls**t”.

Nudity (G)

The silhouette of a nude man’s buttocks is briefly depicted as he assaults a teenage girl.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal sexual references and scenes of sexual violence.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Directed by Jim Donovan, this captivating, emotional and tough-to-watch movie digs into rough details with a highly lifelike cast and a gripping true-story method worth so much more than an execution on a TV movie. It has its noticeable TV-movie elements such as not-100%-perfect camera quality and some very small audio issues that’ll fly right over your head, but everyone involved in this masterpiece gives in their best effort and it’s worth it.

Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey falls on the deeply unpleasant and thematic true story about a teenage girl who is abducted and raped by an adult man, but everyone has different opinions on her disappearance once she returns. This movie runs for a very short amount of time and tells its story very quickly without involving those boring slow-burn sequences or wasting too much time on settling into the storyline. Even though she’s constantly fearful, Lisa is a very smart and strong young woman who is highly skilled and makes unthinkably smart decisions.

The first half hour or so is extremely unpleasant and is always difficult to watch, with plenty of graphic rape scenes and convincing performances. Rossif Sutherland who plays Bobby Joe Long, the perpetrator of these horrific incidents, delivers a very strong feeling of hate. This movie can easily make you hate the non-fictional character and want justice to be served, but he’s not the only one.

There are other careless idiot-humans involved in Lisa’s life and abuse who absolutely madden you. But as well as some of the people in this movie making you angry, there are also the determined ones who warm your heart. This just increases how emotional everything is and turns out to be. The Abduction of Lisa McVey is a great story of justice and is completely watchable for anyone, as long as they live through the sexual violence.

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