What Happened to Monday
Release year: 2017
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Screenwriter: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck, Pål Sverre Hagen, Tomiwa Edun, Cassie Clare
In a future where over-population has become the world’s biggest problem, a strict one-child policy has been made. If any siblings are discovered, they will be put into cryosleep until the problem is solved. When Terrence Setman (Dafoe) looses his daughter as she gives birth to identical-septuplet sisters, he is determined to keep the seven sisters together. He created the identity Karen Settman (Rapace) and gives each sister the name of a weekday. Now they must share the identity, only going outside on the day of their name. But one day Monday doesn’t return back home.
Norwegian director Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, 2013) has directed Botkin’s (Show Dogs, 2018) inspired take on a dystopian future into this excellent sci-fi action. The one-child-only policy is shockingly close to reality in a world, where China for decades had a similar policy (though far from as extreme), which makes the story hit you stronger, as does the fact, that overpopulation gives cause for concern in the world today. There may be plot holes but the story is imaginative and original in the way it has seven characters with each their own unique quality share one identity. Whether it works or not, relies strongly on the actress playing the seven different characters, more often than not more than one in each scene, and here Rapace (Prometheus, 2012) excels. After her international breakthrough as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Rapace has appeared here and there in international production, without ever really hitting the height she started out with. With Monday she gets a chance to once again show what and exceptional actress she is and her power performance as the seven sisters is amazing and you quickly forgets they are played by the same and not by real life septuplets. The story quickly has you hooked and keeps you there through action sequences and twists as you along with the seven sisters wonder: What happened to Monday?
At some point the title was changed to ‘Seven Sisters’ before being changed back to What Happened to Monday. In some countries it was released as ‘Seven Sisters’.
Picture copyrights: Netflix