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2.6
155 Ratings

22 July

Directed by Paul Greengrass
Norway, Iceland, 2018
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story. About the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved.

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22 July Directed by Paul Greengrass

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2018 | Special Mention: SIGNIS Award

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Special Presentations

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: NBR Freedom of Expression Award

How could we ever understand the pain these people suffered? How could the actors playing them, and how could the film? In the context of commercial American films that come close to adopting a Hollywood aesthetic, this structure also flattens out the personal experiences of survivors and their families.
October 12, 2018
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Greengrass’ ever-inquisitive way of shooting and editing is a given, and there were one or two moments, particularly in the more quietly-pitched scenes depicting Viljar alone and struggling, during which I wished the director would have held a shot for a few seconds longer. But this is his style, and he owns it, and he’s used it to make a vital picture.
October 10, 2018
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It’d be gauche to say that the film’s tragedy happens like clockwork. Then again, isn’t that the Greengrass way? A dull, propulsive throb in the soundtrack edges us constantly forward into the inevitable.
October 10, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film 22 July

    The themes of our time; between when this dropped on Netflix and when I watched it, it became more topical several times over. A shame, then, that it so fumbles the human element: even if you'll accept some middlebrow trappings as a given, most of the performances and dialogue are so lacking in dynamism that the emotions often feel simulated and the thinking not particularly deep, making 140 minutes almost cursory.

  • Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film 22 July

    One would think they’d try to immerse themselves in at least one perspective, and begin to think about how to use a camera accordingly. Verbal retellings are relied too much upon, before and within shooting(It carries no mark of the visual reports of the event for instance). Norwegian actors all have felt some impact of the event surely, but without their norwegian language to communicate

  • msmichel's rating of the film 22 July

    Greengrass (Bloody Sunday, United 93) again visits the world of terrorism, tragedy and the aftermath terror leaves with this film on a terror attack in Norway in 2011. Despite the unfortunate choice of filming it in English (even though it was a Norwegian crew) the film is successful, if revisionist, in portraying the events. Casting is solid and production qualities are excellent but like 'United 93' the viewer...

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film 22 July

    What's the point in giving additional visibility to a murderer? 22 July is just ego fodder for the likes of Breivik. The so-called copycat syndrome should not be underestimated, either. Last but not least, shooting in English was disrespectful to the victims: a lamentable choice, motivated only by commercial rather the artistic reasons. Unjustifiable.

  • Palmat's rating of the film 22 July

    Despite the horrific subject matter this exploration of the events at Utöya and the aftermath is uninvolving and bordeline boring. Nothing about this movie feels well thought out and the outcome is that the movie gives Breivik the spotlight without any real insight in who he is. The poor kids who survived the ordeal are dealt with in clichés and tropes about rehabilitation and trauma we have seen hundred times before

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film 22 July

    Anders BREIVIK wanted "To expell Islam from Europe" "Putting an end to multiculturalism" "A restriction to further immigration". As a result of his acts 77 people died, and 200 were wounded. Norvegian PM said immediately after the terror attacks that nothing would change. But to-day, 7 years after the events, Sweden has put a final stop to immigration. So what ?

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film 22 July

    Another gripping true crime thriller from Greengrass who is clearly interesting in the cautionary tale of those on the extremist fringes (United 93, now a biopic on Anders Breivik). The main drawback is that we have an English language speaking Norweigan film about ultra-nationalism. It loses some authenticity as we have English spoken in Norweigan accents, making it inauthentic. Other than this, it is strong.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film 22 July

    In spite of a certain number of aspects that could be ameliorated, the dramatization works more often than it doesn’t.

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