We meet Kaja minutes before the first shot is fired by a right-wing extremist at the political summer camp on Utøya island on July 22nd 2011–soon to be the worst day in modern Norway’s history. In this first fictional film about the attack, we follow Kaja as she attempts to survive–minute by minute.
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This film was such a bad trip that only one month later I remembered to return here and rate it. I also read more about the killer and I think the story is so intriguing that we are going to have more than 2 films about it. I will watch the second one, too.
This compelling, incredibly upsetting and at times almost unwatchable account seen entirely from the perspective of one victim, respects those killed, injured and traumatised and is a salutary reminder for everyone about the true horror of a massacre and the increasing threat of obsessive, bigoted hatred. On the very day that I saw the film, an anti-semite entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people.
Difficult to watch as one would expect, such story couldn't be told lightly. Wasn't as suble as one could expect, but it was told well enough to fully captivate and you couldn't take a breather. Very intense.