Video: What Happened to Monday, which drops on Netflix Friday, is a dystopian sci-fi film where families are only allowed one child to curb the world’s exploding population. However, one father decides his identical septuplets all deserve to live. So he hides them, raises them, and names each of them after a day of the week.
Oh, and there are two more cut out of this image. Image: Netflix
Later in life, on the day of the week they’re named after, each woman plays the part of the one person they’re all pretending to be. All seven roles, Monday through Sunday, are played by Noomi Rapace — and, in this exclusive clip from the film, you get a sense of what kind of crazy possibilities the idea of this film affords.
What Happened to Monday (formerly Seven Sisters) is directed by Tommy Wirkola, known for entertaining but pulpy films such as Dead Snow and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. This film, however, is not pulpy. It has some real thought behind it. Sometimes even too much, as the film takes a good amount of time to set up its world, conflict and characters. Once things get rolling, though, the conceit of seven identical sisters, sheltered for their entire lives because of the laws, becomes more and more intriguing. How does each transfer the information her sister learned each day? How do they keep a uniform look? How do they keep their secret? Things like that.
As you can guess from the title, as well as the clip, something happens to Monday, which sets off a chain reaction for all of the other sisters. Then things get more and more exciting. There’s good rising tension, and while the film never surprises us thematically, it does a solid job of keeping us guessing narratively, and it entertains throughout.
If you’re looking for a solid, interesting and cool sci-fi movie to watch on Netflix, What Happened to Monday certainly fits the bill. It will be out August 18.