’22 July’ reviews: Paul Greengrass’s docudrama is a ‘pulse-pounding’ account of Norway’s deadly terror attack

’22 July’ reviews: Paul Greengrass’s docudrama is a ‘pulse-pounding’ account of Norway’s deadly terror attack
Director Paul Greengrass has brought his unique brand of verite thriller to Netflix: “22 July” debuted on the streaming service on Wednesday, October 10, telling the true story of the title day in 2011 when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Norway’s worst attack since World War II. How does it compare to Greengrass’s previous docudramas about real-life acts of terror “Bloody Sunday” (2002), “United 93” (2006) and “Captain Phillips” (2013)?

As of this writing the film has scored 73 on MetaCritic based on 21 reviews. And it has an 83% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 47 reviews. The Tomatometer consensus is that it “offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller’s visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.”

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Greengrass’s previous films in this vein have been awards contenders. “Bloody Sunday
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