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22 July (2018)

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streaming on Netflix


crime / drama / history




Paul Greengrass, Åsne Seierstad (based upon the book "One of Us")


Paul Greengrass


2h 23min


1.85 : 1


Dolby Digital


English (alternate subtitle languages also available)


Red Helium



business details


Scott Rudin Productions




5 Sep. 2018 (Venice Film Festival) / 10 Oct. 2018



worth noting


- 🏆 WON, Venice Film Festival
SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention (2018)
Paul Greengrass

"22 July" synopsis

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 22 July
(2018) on IMDb

In 22 July, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) tells the true story of the aftermath of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack. On 22 July 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. 22 July uses the lens of one survivor’s physical and emotional journey to portray the country's path to healing and reconciliation.

Written and Directed by Paul Greengrass, 22 July is based upon the book “One of Us: The Story of an Attack in Norway - and Its Aftermath” by Åsne Seierstad. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, P.G.A., Paul Greengrass, P.G.A., Gregory Goodman, P.G.A., and Eli Bush, P.G.A., and stars Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Jonas Strand Gravli, Maria Bock, Thorbjørn Harr, Ola G. Furuseth, Seda Witt, Isak Bakli Aglen.


22 July debuted Wednesday, October 10th globally in select theaters and on Netflix.

Jonas Strand Gravli as Viljar Hanssen in the Netflix film, 22 July.

Jonas Strand Gravli as Viljar Hanssen in the Netflix film, 22 July. (Source: Netflix)

the binge brief & the 88-second 8FLiX review:

22 July is a lengthy, 144-minute (nearly 2.5 hours) Netflix Original movie, directed by Paul Greengrass (known for helming the majority of the Jason Bourne movies, among others).


22 July is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix, and screening in select theaters.


The spoken language is English (with hints of British and/or Norwegian accents: most of the actors are native to Norway), and Netflix offers subtitles and audio dubbing in several languages, including French, German, Spanish and Italian. There may be more language options available in your area. I watched the movie twice, once with English subtitles off, the other with them turned on (subtitles did help clarify some words I missed because of the accents / European dialect).


22 July, in short, is the story of 17-year-old Norwegian Viljar Hanssen. Viljar was attending a politically-oriented summer camp for youth when he was shot 5 times by far-right extremist, Anders Behring Breivik, in 2011.


22 July is based on a true story, and you can't tell a story like this one without being realistic. With that in mind, you'll be watching a disturbing, but thankfully short, reenactment of the shooting at the youth camp, as well as the bombing in downtown Oslo, Norway (carried out before the shootings).


The story is told in 3-acts: the crime committed by Breivik; the recovery of the survivors, particularly Viljar Hanssen; and Breivik’s trial and eventual conviction.


Although writer/director Paul Greengrass is known for some great action movies, don't expect a lot of that here. The story is mainly focused on the aftermath of Breivik’s terrorist attacks.


We learn, from a first-hand account, the details of what happened on the tiny Norwegian island Utøya. 68 out of the 77 who died that day were on the island; many of them adolescents. All of them innocents. We also learn of Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad's struggle to keep his own family safe while doing “his constitutional duty” to defend an enemy of the state/child killing neo-nazi; a man he clearly despises along with the rest of the country.


Viljar Hanssen is a survivor and our guide through the two-and-a-half-hour running time. Viljar not only tells his compelling story, but, in a way, also speaks for those who died that day. Through his miracle survival and determined recovery, Viljar (who was shot in the head and still carries bullet fragments too dangerous to remove from his brain), reinforces the idea that life will go on and the country will unite against terrorism.


If you’re planning to binge 22 July with other movies, consider taking a break after the end credits. It’s a heavy movie. Plus, even though the story moves along quickly, 22 July is epic in running time. It's advisable to get a comfy spot and settle in.


Happy bingeing! 🍿 - Nick Runyeard


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22 July, stars Jonas Strand Gravli; Anders Danielsen Lie; Jon Øigarden; Maria Bock; Thorbjørn Harr; Seda Witt; Isak Bakli Aglen; Ola G. Furuseth; Marit Andreassen; Øystein Martinsen; Valborg Frøysnes; Thor-Harald Normann; Anders Kulsrud Storruste; Monica Borg Fure; Mathias Eckhoff; Selma Strøm Sönmez, and more!

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