Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
22 July tells the harrowing true story of the 2011 Norway terror attacks by lone wolf domestic terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Director Paul Greengrass dispenses with flash and tells a very straight story in three parts – the event, the aftermath and the trial. The issues come in that it’s almost too little material for a the length of film it is and maybe would have benighted from going deeper into the story and aftermath and, potentially, a TV format. The biggest issue is that you never really understand the why – why Breivik did what he did for sure but also why Greengrass made this film. It feels too soon and doesn’t really add a level of understanding to the events that you would want or need.
Best Bit: The trial
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)
If You Liked this Try: United 93, Utøya: July 22, Zodiac
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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…