22 July (2018)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for 22 July
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.
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.
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.
Director Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama re-enacts the 2011 massacre in Norway with chilling accuracy - but stumbles when revisiting the details of the aftermath.
Fiction that hews close to fact, the movie is serious and meticulous, yet hollow.
Audience Reviews for 22 July
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.
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