22 July

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22 July offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller's visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.



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In 22 July, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) tells the true story of the aftermath of Norway's deadliest terrorist attack. On 22 July 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. 22 July uses the lens of one survivor's physical and emotional journey to portray the country's path to healing and reconciliation.


Anders Danielsen Lie
as Anders Breivik
Jonas Strand Gravli
as Viljar Hanssen
Jon Øigarden
as Geir Lippestad
Isak Bakli Aglen
as Torje Hanssen
Maria Bock
as Christin Kristoffersen
Thorbjørn Harr
as Sveinn Are Hanssen
Seda Witt
as Lara Rashid
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  • It gives this evil man the spotlight and platform he so clearly craves. And as much as Greengrass is aware of this conundrum, he never quite figures out a solution.

    Oct 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Top Critic
  • The film is about atmosphere and anger, and Greengrass achieves that effect through tight focus on individuals. But the result is imperfect, because it elides crucial elements of the whole story.

    Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Paul Greengrass' gritty, live-wire directing style is something of a trademark, and it's put to efficient use in 22 July, a layered, dense look at the savage terrorist attack that rocked Norway on that date in 2011.

    Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic
  • Director Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama re-enacts the 2011 massacre in Norway with chilling accuracy - but stumbles when revisiting the details of the aftermath.

    Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Fiction that hews close to fact, the movie is serious and meticulous, yet hollow.

    Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What a perverse niche Paul Greengrass has carved out for himself.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 22 July

  • May 27, 2019
    Greengrass returns to the docudrama he is well known for and the result is another success. The performances are heartfelt and testament to the talent involved. The initial setup is hard to watch and I'm amazed the filmmakers never attempted to explore the true thoughts of a delusional right wing extremist. Tough to watch, but never boring or glorifying. The film is slow, but it explores the key characters and leaves the viewer with a film that covers the story without objectifying or exploiting the characters. 26/05/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2018
    The film does a fine job recounting Breivik's attacks and their aftermath in its first half, but then it gets lost trying to appeal to our emotions with snowmobile cliches and easy sentimentality as it focuses its climax on a witness that doesn't prove anything about Breivik's sanity.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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