7.3/10
9,230
49 user 98 critic

Utøya: July 22 (2018)

Utøya 22. juli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 9 March 2018 (Norway)
A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

Director:

Erik Poppe

Writers:

Siv Rajendram Eliassen (screenplay), Anna Bache-Wiig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

22 July (2018)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Jonas Strand Gravli, Jon Øigarden
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Eva is not satisfied with her life. In an act of faith, she decides to stay in Madrid over the summer, when all the other locals leave. August offers her a chance to start from scratch.

Director: Jonás Trueba
Stars: Itsaso Arana, Vito Sanz, Isabelle Stoffel
Utoya Island (2012)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.7/10 X  

Thriller inspired by the 2011 Norway attacks.

Director: Vitaliy Versace
Stars: Michael Bole, Sunny Osman, Ashley Uberti
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a series of reconstructions four survivors from the terrorist attack at Utøya in 2011 show what happened to them and how they survived.

Director: Carl Javér
Stars: Jenny Andersen, Rakel Mortensdatter Birkeli, Torje Hansen
Genesis (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

Director: Philippe Lesage
Stars: Noée Abita, Paul Ahmarani, Marc Beaupré
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A drug dealer looking for rest. A nurse looking for revenge. A crossroads where no one is safe.

Director: Paco Plaza
Stars: Luis Tosar, Xan Cejudo, Ismael Martínez
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman's life and work and explores his film legacy with Bergman's closest collaborators, both in front and ... See full summary »

Directors: Margarethe von Trotta, Bettina Böhler, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Liv Ullmann, Olivier Assayas, Ruben Östlund
The Guilty (2018)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller
Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of four old friends conformed by a film director, a film writer, an actress and her husband share a big house in the country. Their coexistence is menaced by a young couple who ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella
Stars: Graciela Borges, Oscar Martínez, Luis Brandoni
Toto the Hero (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer
Girl II (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Director: Lukas Dhont
Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Story of two con men, Boorman and his younger assistant Laarmans, who are trying to sell companies their non-existing magazine.

Director: Robbe De Hert
Stars: Koen De Bouw, Mike Verdrengh, Willeke van Ammelrooy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Berntzen ... Kaja
Aleksander Holmen Aleksander Holmen ... Magnus
Solveig Koløen Birkeland Solveig Koløen Birkeland ... Injured Girl
Brede Fristad Brede Fristad ... Petter
Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne ... Emilie (as Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne)
Jenny Svennevig Jenny Svennevig ... Oda
Ingeborg Enes Ingeborg Enes ... Kristine (as Ingeborg Enes Kjevik)
Sorosh Sadat Sorosh Sadat ... Issa
Ada Eide Ada Eide ... Caroline (as Ada Otilde Eide)
Mariann Gjerdsbakk Mariann Gjerdsbakk ... Silje
Daniel Sang Tran Daniel Sang Tran ... Even
Torkel Dommersnes Soldal Torkel Dommersnes Soldal ... Herman
Magnus Moen Magnus Moen ... Tobias
Karoline Petronella Ulfsdatter Schau Karoline Petronella Ulfsdatter Schau ... Sigrid (as Karoline Schau)
Tamanna Agnihotri Tamanna Agnihotri ... Halima
Edit

Storyline

A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on true events See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Utøya: July 22 See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,738,618
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie features an 83 minutes long take which depicts the events in real time. See more »

Quotes

Kaja: I need to find my sister...
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Film Review: Episode dated 26 October 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Snakke Litt
Lyrics by Philip Boardman
Music by Carl Hovind & Eigil Berntsen
Performed by Philip Boardman (as Admiral P)
Emilie listens to the song on her phone when Kaja confronts her in the tent.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A gut-wrenching experience
10 March 2018 | by Bml-93See all my reviews

U - July 22 is an extremely difficult film to judge. Based on the horrific events that occurred on Utøya island in Norway, were one man shot and murdered 69 people, most of them youngsters (in addition to being responsible for a bomb attack in Oslo earlier that day). Norway is quite a safe place to live, so that something as gruesome as that happened here is confusing, shocking and something that I'll never truly be able to understand. It's therefore a difficult film to judge because the events are still close to heart. It's, as I'm writing this, been close to seven years since the attacks, which kinda feels like no time has passed at all. So from the moment the film start, you've already brought in your feeling of sadness to the film.

But I do think this is a good film. I think its made with dignity and respect, and I think its importance come across very well. It's a film that we need in order for us to, if not fully, at least be able to understand a little bit about how it was like for the people who were trapped on Utøya during the shooting. How brutal, unforgiving, isolated and meaningless it all was. The film doesn't shy away from the brutality of it, and I'm glad that it didn't. It had to be brutal in order to convey the feeling of how it was like. It had to be violent in order for us to understand it. The film does a good job of translating the feeling to the viewers.

Shot entirely in one-take on the island itself with unknown actors and lasting exactly as long as the shooting actually did, the film feels as real as it possibly could have. There's not much focus on the perpetrator, yet his presence is felt throughout the entirety of the film. The loud and uncomfortable sound of shots being fired is constant and the shrieking of scared teens is uncomfortably present. The panic, confusion and anxiety is all over the place. There are no moments to rest, and the film is exhaustingly intense and difficult to watch. Once the film ended the cinema was filled with silence. No one made any noise and it was quite simply put a powerful experience.

There are certain moments in it that feels slightly artificial, though it's hard for me to know that for sure, as I wasn't there during the attack. Yet, some parts didn't fully convince me. This might be because some of the acting isn't the strongest. Which is a bit of the risque you run when shooting a film in one-take. Andrea Berntzen is however a star. Her performance is outstanding. The camera follows her throughout the entire film, and she perfectly manages to capture and convey every emotion you would imagine someone going through in a situation like that.

This is not a film for everyone, but for me, as a Norwegian, it's essential viewing due to how close it is. In a world where violence happens every day and we've somehow gotten used to reading about, a film like this is important. If only to make us understand a little bit more. If only to make us feel a lot more.

( Review also posted on Listal and letterboxd)


100 of 112 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 49 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed