22 July (2018)

“Of course it’s not that simple. I… I have a fragment of his bullet lodged in my brain that could kill me at any time. And I don’t look like the person I used to anymore, I… My body, it’s… it’s broken. And the worst is that he… he killed Anders and Simon, my best friends. Stopping them from making their mark on the world, and… and they would have made it a better place. And I… I miss them every day. I’m sorry, I… I didn’t… I didn’t want to cry. I so much didn’t want to cry in front of him. I… I wanted to stay strong. Because I do this for them. So they will not be forgotten. And when you shot them and left me alone on the beach, I didn’t know if I was living or dying. And I’ve been stuck there ever since. But now… I realize that I got a choice. Because I still have a family… and friends… and memories. Dreams. Hope. And love. And he doesn’t. He’s… completely alone. And he’s going to rot there in prison, whereas I… I survived. And I choose to live.” – Viljar

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Dramatization of the events that took place on 22 July 2011 in Norway where a terrorists went on a rampage and killed more than 70 people.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.

I vaguely recall the terrorist attacks in Norway 7 years ago, but there is so much detail in the telling of this story that it will now be quite hard to forget due to the brutally realistic portrayal of the attacks and the aftermath.

Paul Greengrass once again tackles a true terrorist event in expert fashion and even if the events portrayed here aren’t as globally impactful as 9/11 was, this tragic event needs to be watched in order to try and understand why and how it came to be.

This film isn’t as intense at United 93 (2006), but it still manages to give us the unique perspective of being a fly on the wall watching these vents play out.

The use of various perspectives of the events helps give us a much more emotional look at the events as we see things from the viewpoint of the terrorist, the victims and the victims families.

This also helps keep things as balanced and objective as possible as parts feel like we are watching a documentary.

This film is a bit long, but one wouldn’t really know it since the story pulls you in from the start and you remain entrenched there for the next 2 and a half hours.

This is an extremely powerful film that will definitely be in the running for my top ten films of 2018.

Bottom Line – Great film that manages to get so much right as it shows us the events prior to, during and after these deadly attacks.  Greengrass once again tackles a difficult true subject quite well and is able to make the viewer feel like a fly on the wall for these terrible events as they happen. The use of the various viewpoints helps give us a clearer view of everything that happened yet at the same time tries to be as objective as possible while showing the events progress.  This film is quite brutal in its realistic portrayal of the terrorist attacks and its aftermath. The movie is a bit too long yet its hard to actually feel the length because so much is going on and its quite easy to get entrenched into the story right from the start. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Caused great controversy in Norway when it became known that a film was being made about the attacks by Anders Behring Breivik. A campaign generating over 20.000 signatures against the film was established. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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