22 July

Rated 2.0

On July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik carried out two deadly attacks in his native Norway. First, he detonated a bomb that killed eight people in the government center of Oslo, then he drove 40 kilometers to a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Ut&#;oslash;ya, where he shot and killed 69 more people, most of them teenagers. This sobering but soporific Netflix docudrama from international tragedy specialist Paul Greengrass (United 93; Captain Phillips) covers the story from the perspectives of the survivors, the lawyers and the politicians, but very little in this cumbersome film connects beyond a superficial level. Although the film is entirely in English, director, co-writer and co-producer Greengrass made 22 July with a Norwegian cast and crew, yet it feels like he was so concerned about skirting the exploitative pitfalls of turning real-life tragedy into entertainment that he forgot to make the film entertaining.