Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich review – three chapters uncover a cruel, evil man The victims. The system. The evil.

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Summary

The Netflix series does nothing exemplary in filmmaking skills to unearth these truths but Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is a must-watch docuseries, highlighting the evil, the errors of the system, and the horrifying stories of the victims.

Netflix limited series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich will be released on the platform on May 27, 2020.

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In order for Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich to pass the litmus test, the series needed to do three things; give the victims a voice, highlight how the system failed those victims, and reveal how evil the man was. The Netflix docuseries, in only three episodes, manages to get that message strongly across. This is a documentary that not only provides chilling accounts but raises serious questions of the justice system; how resilient, powerful men can fuse many cogs into the process to prolong a judicial outcome.

The first episode is likely to be the most important in Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. It’s highly victim-centric and it’s evidently an education into how sexual abuse can work in the most obscure environments. The Netflix series interviews a group of victims that helps advance the second and third episodes, detailing how they came to be introduced to Epstein and consequently abused. The series puts a mark on highly functioning rich environments that can be molded to create a person’s own law and ideology to feed their evil habits. Listening to the victims describe their experiences are haunting — they were minors when it happened.

The second episode delves into how the police, and subsequently the FBI, found purchase on their case against the American financier. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich uses a “follow the money” narrative to pinpoint the thought process of the investigation, climbing through an extensive pyramid scheme to understand Epstein’s networking. It also puts a fog on the lack of empathy and humanity in these types of cases, showing how the judicial system let the victims down and how the #MeToo movement was inevitable after men like Epstein. If anything, the Netflix series demonstrates that the movement needed to happen.

The third episode is perhaps a “slap in the face”, confirming what we know about the world, but it still tastes bitter when seeing it unfold. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich reveals how the elite can throw money to rid themselves of the most horrific of crimes and still be respected by others in high positions. It shows how having a friend in high places can make a problem go away. It’s not comfortable watching the third episode — it is sobering and feels regrettable.

The Netflix series does nothing exemplary in filmmaking skills to unearth these truths but Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is a must-watch docuseries, highlighting the evil, the errors of the system, and the horrifying stories of the victims.


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Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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