Starring Taryn Manning, the 2015 crime drama Cleveland Abduction is based on a true story about the kidnapping of three young women in the early 00s and their decade in captivity with their abuser.
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True crime drama Cleveland Abduction’s stint on Netflix has everyone talking about how ‘troubling’ it is.
Based on the kidnappings of Ariel Castro and starring Taryn Manning, Raymond Cruz and Joe Morton, the crime drama is an adaptation of Michelle Knight’s memoir Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed.
Cleveland Abduction, originally released as a made-for-television movie in 2015, has reached a whole new audience since landing on Netflix and unnerving new viewers.
The film follows the story of Michelle Knight, who was the first of three victims to be imprisoned by Ariel Castro at his home in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 2000s.
Michelle – played onscreen by Taryn Manning – disappeared on August 23, 2002 after leaving a cousin’s house.
She is held in Castro’s house, eventually along with two other women, and subjected to physical and sexual abuse.
Taryn, who appeared in hits like Orange is the New Black, admitted she felt “anxious” before taking on the big role in 2015.
When asked by Marie Claire if she felt uncomfortable stepping into such a horrific world, she replied: “Yes. I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious or nervous in my career as an actress.
But it was a different kind of nerves that I really can’t articulate.”
Seven years after its original release date, Cleveland Abduction has shocked a whole new audience thanks to the terrifying true story behind the film.
“Cleveland Abduction is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. There are some sick freaks in this world,” one viewer mused, while another added, “Watching Cleveland Abduction and I’m deeply insane right now.”
A third added: “But the thought of it really being a true story just disgusted me so much that I can’t even imagine how traumatizing it must have been for those girls…”
After a buzz was generated online, many in the UK have logged onto Netflix in recent days in hopes of tuning in to the ‘disturbing’ crime drama, only to be disappointed.
One fan took to Twitter this week to ponder, “Why isn’t #clevelandabduction on my #netflix?”
Another tweeted directly to the streaming giant: “Why did you lie about Cleveland Abduction? It’s not even there.”
A third pleaded: “@NetflixUK is Cleveland Abduction being shown on Netflix in the UK? I read a lot about this and must see it.”
For those with VPNs, or in countries where the film is available on their subscription, Netflix’s synopsis for the film reads: “Kidnapped and imprisoned, Michelle Knight finds the will to survive amid the most horrific and heartbreaking circumstances in this true crime drama.”
Michelle was just 21 at the time of the kidnapping and was due to appear in court for a custody case over her son before she was kidnapped by Castro.
He then kidnapped Amanda Berry, then 17, in April 2003 and his latest victim the following year, 14-year-old Gina DeJesus.
During her time in captivity, Amanda gave birth to Castro’s child.