Director: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
Due to overpopulation and famine, the government has undertaken drastic measures, limiting families to a one-child policy. Seven identical sisters named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday play a game of hide and seek while all portraying the same persona each day of the week to outwit the system. Monday goes missing and the sisters must put their identical brains together to find Monday.
Noomi Rapace does a great and believable job in playing all 7 sisters who are all different in personalities and presentation. However, for a story where all 7 sisters have been living in hiding and spending 6 out of 7 days completely together but having these completely different personalities was a little far-fetched. It was like having 7 different people living together that weren’t related. They didn’t really have much in common other than their farther played by Willem Defoe.
The film is action packed with a bit of sci-fi and not many super dull moments, and the mystery of what’s happened to Monday will keep you entertained for a bit. I was very invested for the first 90mins of the film but then as it went on, the story did start to drag as I was expecting a little more from certain scenarios especially the last act. This was a little disappointing as I was expecting fireworks but ended up with a sparkler.
What Happened to Monday (also known as Seven Sisters) I feel has fallen into the category of it being a brilliant idea of a film, but not executed as well as it should have been. Tommy Wirkola, who is currently working on War Pigs with Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell, is known for taking an idea to the next level with Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters under his belt.
With a bit more research and work, I think What Happened to Monday could have been a stunner, but it’s not all bad, it’s worth a watch, especially for Noomi Rapace. FYI – Friday was my favourite.