Utøya: July 22 (2018)


“I need to find my sister.” – Kaja

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Fictional look at the 22 July 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway from the perspective of one of the campers.

My Take on it – This is a film that depicts the events of the tragic day in 2011 when a terrorist showed up at a summer camp in Norway and proceeded to shoot as many campers as he could.

They do an amazing job keeping the viewer with the feeling that they are right there in the middle of everything that happened on that chaotic day.

The choice to have this film shot in one long 90 minute take is a great one and really helps give the realistic feeling that we want to feel when watching something like this.

The idea of seeing this entire event through the eyes of one character works quite well and it helps raise the level of suspense and tension because just like the character we don’t know what lurks around every corner.

The problem with this film is the fact that due to its limited perspective of the events portrayed, someone who doesn’t know what happened on that day might be somewhat at a loss along the way.

I’m actually quite glad that I watched the film 22 July (2018) just a few hours before seeing this film (it obviously inspired me to watch this version) because it gave me a much broader perspective of the events that happened and works as a great companion piece.

Bottom Line – Does a great job letting the viewer feel as if they are right there in the midst of the chaos of that day. The idea to use a single take for the entire film works quite well because we really get a realistic feel of the perspective of someone who finds themselves in the middle of such an event. The problem with this film is that it doesn’t work so well as a stand alone film and I’m grateful for actually watching 22 July (2018) a few hours before seeing this because it helped me to fully understand the events that this is all about. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The entire movie is a one-take. Even though there could have been cuts when the camera was put on the ground. Erik Poppe had five days to try to get the perfect take and could not attempt more than one take a day. The take from the fourth day has been used for the final movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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