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May 8, 2019

What Happened To Monday (2017) --- "Seven Sister...One Identity."

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    Its 2073 and humanity is on the breaking point with overpopulation, limited fossil fuels, and global food shortages. A food shortage solution is discovered but the side-effects are worse than expected, multiple births are now more common than ever. As a way to rectify their situation, the Bureau directed by ruthless political activist Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close) enacts The Child Allocation Act, a global one-child-per-family policy that is strictly enforced with severe consequences for insubordination. So what happens when Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe) decides to go around the government's decree in a desperate attempt to hide his septuplet grandchildren, the only reminder of his late daughter, Karen Settman. Taught, and raised by their grandfather, the girls are named after each day of the week and will inevitably take turns on their day of the week by assuming the identity of one woman: Karen Settman. Having to debrief every night and only free to be themselves in the prison of their own home, tensions start to rise amongst the sisters. But when Monday doesn’t come home after work, the sisters band together to answer one important question. What happened to Monday? Will the sisters be able to find out what happened to her before it’s too late for the rest of them? Or will Cayman’s lackeys uncover their long kept secret?

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), and written by Max Botkin (Show Dogs) and Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross), Netflix’s What Happened To Monday (2017) is a thrilling and dramatic film filled with secrets, swearing, action, intrigue, and a touch of nudity that takes you on a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. The story does a great job of showing the similarities between the sisters as well as highlighting how they differ from one another, which Rapace does phenomenal at. The music is also great as it compliments the story emotionally and keeps up with the strong pace quite well.
    Now, this film is unique and Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Close) imparts a uniqueness that is perfect for this film. Rapace explores and has a lot of fun with portraying 7 different women by giving them individual looks, quirks, styles, and mannerisms. She makes you believe that there really is seven of them and that is exactly what the film needed to do. The only complaint I have is that I wish that they introduced the girls better, you can go almost half the film before you learn the names of the girls. Glenn Close (Crooked House, The Simpsons), Willem Dafoe (John Wick, Finding Dory, Spider-Man), and Marwan Kenzari (Ben-Hur, Murder on the Orient Express) provide great supporting roles that turned out better than expected. Keep an eye out for Kenzari who is set to play Jafar in the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, coming out this year.
    Overall,  Netflix’s What Happened To Monday (2017) is a thrilling and dramatic film that takes you on a roller-coaster ride. Considering director Tommy Wirkola previous work with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) its no wonder why I liked this film so much. The cast performances are incredible, especially Noomi Rapace who effortlessly pulls off portraying 7 different women with 7 different styles and personalities. If you a fan of Noomi Rapace films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Netflix’s Close then I highly recommend that you check out this film.

Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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