22 July on Netflix 'misses key points' says Norway terror attack survivor
Netflix 's 22 July is "inaccurate" and doesn't give the full picture of the Norway terror attacks according to a suvivor.
22 July covers the events of the day in 2011 when terrorist Anders Breivik carried out Norway's worst massacre, killing 69 young people in a shooting on the island of Utoya.
A further eight were killed after Breivik set off a bomb in front of a government building in Oslo.
Brit director Paul Greengrass worked with Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and victims' groups to create the movie, which is now on Netflix.
Reviews have been largely favourable, calling it "devastating" but also 'truthful to events' and 'remarkable' - but survivor Emma Martinovic has said it misses the key points.
Emma, 25, who is now a mother of two, said it brushes over the "72-minute living hell".
âThis film does not succeed in giving more people knowledge of the terror that happened, but unfortunately it succeeds in contributing to countless misconceptions," she told news.com.au .
Emma managed to swim away from the island of Utoya as Breivik, dressed in police uniform, carried out the attack with his semi-automatic rifle.
She saw him from a distance as she swam for her life after being shot in the arm, listening to him shout at them: "You won't get away!"
The day is brought to life in vivid detail in 22 July but, for Emma, the attack appears too quick.
âIt can seem like in the movie that everything was over in 10 minutes and that police came quickly to Utoya,â she said.
Emma also says some things are missing, like the shooting at the 'school house' where 47 of the young people hid, those who tried to swim away, and when Breivik rang the police as he carried out the attack to surrender.
In the movie Breivik isn't shown ringing the police, instead he is arrested as police storm the island.
It left Emma wondering 'why isn't this mentioned here?'
Emma wrote about the traumatic events on her blog, explaining how she hid first, then fled, stumbling upon her friend's body in the water.
She dragged the body onto the land, pulled the hood back and saw it was her friend.
"There was no time to react. I kissed him on the cheek and returned to my rock face,â Emma wrote.
Emma soon realised to survive she'd have to swim, but that was risky too. The water was freezing and Breivik soon spotted them.
âIt looked as if he was aiming at us. One of the other swimmers was shot, I saw the blood stream out, so I started to swim even faster. Then I turned on my back again and saw he was aiming at those who still hadnât started swimming from land yet.
âI saw one of my friends about to leap into the water, but in a second he was shot. Even at a distance I could see and hear the two shots, straight to the head.
âPanic spread like wildfire among those on land. I wanted to be among them, urging them to get away, by land or water.â
22 July isn't the only movie attempting to get across what happened on that terrible day in Norway.
Utoya: July 22 is a Norwegian movie directed by Erik Poppe that tells the same story but focuses on the island. It follows the story in real time and was shot in one single take.
Both movies have sparked a debate over whether it's too soon to bring the Norway attacks to the big screen and whether it's good taste to cover the massacre.
âThe opposition to making this film was no secret,â director Erik Poppe, a four-time Norwegian National Film Critics' Award winner, told the BBC.
But he argues &q uot;no time is a good time" to make a film about real-life trauma.
âI respect those who think itâs too early, but for those who lost loved ones, they feel it like it was yesterday, seven years on. It will never be the right time.
"And many survivors are concerned that the memory of what happened is fading away. Thereâs a lot of focus on the killer, on what kind of official memorial Norway will have. It felt urgent to bring the actual story back into the collective memory.â
22 July is now on Netflix.Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway