22 July Review: 5 Ups & 4 Downs

Paul Greengrass' bloated yet compelling dramatisation.

22 July

Paul Greengrass' long-awaited dramatisation of the horrifying July 2011 Norway attacks - in which Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people with a car bomb and machine-gun - is now available to stream on Netflix, and it's...pretty decent?

Though falling disappointingly short of all the initial awards hype, the searing thriller-drama has received broadly positive reviews since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month, for shining a light on one of the most harrowing acts of terrorism of the last decade. While absolutely not for the squeamish, for those interested in the case it offers a broad encapsulation of all the focal points.

While it's clear that Greengrass' film is sorely in need of a judicious edit and a more incisive screenplay, it still manages to be an affecting, heart-rending take more often than not.

It's far from the director's very best movies like United 93 and Captain Phillips, but July 22 certainly does enough to end up a solid addition to Netflix's growing library of prestige offerings from card-carrying auteurs...


Stay at home dad who spends as much time teaching his kids the merits of Martin Scorsese as possible (against the missus' wishes). General video game, TV and film nut. Occasional sports fan. Full time loon.