On July 22, 2011, less than two hours after detonating a deadly car-bomb, and having already killed eight people in Oslo, the remorseless Norwegian far-right terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, boarded the ferry MS Thorbjørn in Lake Tyri. As the shocking news of the devastating Oslo explosion was starting to reach the ears of the unsuspecting teenagers of the Workers' Youth League summer camp on the remote island of Utøya, the loud, sharp, and blood-curdling sound of Anders' first gunshots could only mean one thing: death. Now, for the next long and nightmarish seventy minutes, eighteen-year-old Kaja, her younger sister, Emilie, and approximately six-hundred young participants will find themselves drawn into a violent maelstrom of destruction, as Breivik, with cold-blooded precision, injures hundreds, and kills sixty-nine boys and girls. Will the world ever forget July 22, 2011, and the atrocious Utøya massacre?Written by
I was aware of the real tragic incident described in this movie only partially.I mean,I knew that a deranged racist had killed tenths of innocent youngsters in a camp-campaign on a Norwegian island and then got caught by the police and imprisoned.
So as I was watching (alone in my home-cinema),a documentary-like film,although I felt tension and sorrow for the non-stop agony and suffering of the actors ,I was wandering if the director was exaggerating in terms of the duration of the terroristic attack and the ignorance of what was happening by the unlucky victims being present. A few minutes before the ending I got almost angry.I couldn't have anymore.I was thinking without realising "please stop this nightmare!!".I got the impression that the film had started and ended equally abruptly.
Then, rather shocked and moved by the facts I had just watched,I sat down and read about the hole real story.All the facts with details(i.e the misjudged importance of the situation by the authorities etc).Then my shock was even bigger! I realised that I had just watched a movie describing as truly as it could get ,what a young teen girl would have felt and thought,being caught in the middle of a hellish situation in real time!! I understood and realised all the terror ,the panic,the desperation all people present in the incident would have lived.I give my congratulations to the director.
For the record,the shootings are awesomely realistic,combined with the anguish you feel, you think that any moment now,a bullet is coming for you.
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