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22 July

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent but affecting docudrama about Norway massacre.

Movie R 2018 143 minutes
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22 July

This is about the attack on Utoya, in Norway, on July 22, 2011, it gives a good message to always be alert.

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As he retells this true story Paul Greengrass, keenly aware of the ramifications of making such a film, uses restraint and empathy for the families whose lives were upended by an obsessed assassin. His purpose is clear: to remind audiences of the heinousness of political extremism as a result of a volatile world. Greengrass sees Anders Bhering Brievik as a harbinger of building anger and fear that now envelopes so-called "populist" countries and communities. Noted as much for his agility at action-oriented movies (three of the Bourne films) as for his re-telling of real events (Captain Phillips, Bloody Sunday), the writer-director once again brings excellence to every facet of filmmaking. The film is beautifully-photographed, directed, edited, and performed. Opting to cast Norwegian actors as opposed to movie stars provides authenticity, as does his reliance on courtroom transcripts and the testimony of the families. Greengrass chose to focus on Viljar Hanssen, the young man whose appearance in the courtroom, face-to-face with his assailant, galvanized the country. It's a mesmerizing, suspense-filled movie, despite the fact that most who see it are already familiar with the tragedy of 22 July.

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