In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy," seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home…
So now that I've told you all of that information, you already have way more background than I did before I watched this.
And I wasn't let down. Damn, Netflix! Way to pick 'em!
I'll admit, at first I was a little snarky about this film.
But you guys, this was amazing. What Happened to Monday starts off by the audience learning that there is a massive overpopulation problem plaguing the world. The government allows the Child Allocation Bureau to institute a "One-Child Policy." The Bureau is fronted by Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), who in this role looks a little bit like a Stepford Wife. Quietly, a grandfather (Willem Defoe) raises his identical septuplet grandaughters, each named for a day of the week. The girls are only allowed outside on the day they are named for, they and they must take on the role of Karen Settman and portray her as one single entity. Everything seems to be going fine until Monday doesn't come back, then all hell breaks loose.
There's a lot about this that echoes Orphan Black. But, pretty much any show or movie where there is a clone/twin scenario, is going to kinda feel like Orphan Black for a while (and that's a compliment to the team that created Orphan Black).
I promise you, I wouldn't steer you wrong with this on purpose. If you hated it, let me know in the comments. But I gave it the following rating:
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