Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass, whose credits include The Bourne Supremacy, United 93 and Captain Phillips, returns with a Netflix film depicting the horrific 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway that left 77 dead.
22 July 2011 saw far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonate a car bomb in Oslo and carry out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. He was eventually apprehended. The trial went for a bit over a month; he was sentenced to only 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence Norway has. The film uses one survivor’s story and journey of recovery to parallel the path Norway took to heal from such an attack.
Greengrass also wrote the screenplay, an adaptation of Åsne Seierstad book One of Us. The filmmaker has shown he can deliver riveting action-thrillers with Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, but it’s his re-enactment pictures that really pack the wallops. Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips remain must-see films that bring to life horrifying incidents; breathless features you don’t forget in a hurry. This could be another winner.
This is one of two films this year tackling the 2011 Norway attacks. The other is U – 22 July by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Poppe, who chose to depict the attack in one take, in real time. You can watch the powerful teaser trailer for that one HERE.
22 July will be hitting Netflix on 10 October.
Official synopsis for 22 July:
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.