What Happened to Monday (2017) Review

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

Written by: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willen Dafoe

Rated: TV-MA

Run-Time: 2h 3m

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%

Availability: Netflix

In a future with a strict one-child policy, six septuplets must avoid government detection while searching for their missing sister. (Netflix)

Like many Netflix originals, I immediately became interested in this film based solely on the title, and I doubt I’m the only one. When you move past the title and thumbnail, you find this film’s overall premise fascinating.

At this point, the concept of a one-child policy is common in science fiction and real life. What Happens to Monday takes this trope to the extreme, presenting it uniquely. The film is well-acted with a genuinely talented cast. Still, the majority of the praise falls onto the film’s lead actor Noomi Rapace who manages to play seven different characters, and she does so exceptionally well. Additionally, the film’s visuals are breath-taking; it’s a true shame that this film often takes the easy way out when it comes to story-telling, often relying on dialogue to carry the story. 

This is definitely one of those films you watch once, enjoy, but then simply move on. It’s interesting, don’t get me wrong, and raises many important questions but doesn’t have the impact that some similar titles have, regardless of the impressive effects. Some aspects of the story are a little hard to believe, but it’s not too hard to suspend one’s belief. The film’s central twist falls short, not really being a surprise. If you haven’t seen this film, go ahead, and watch it, but trust me, one time is enough.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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