In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
|Title||:||What Happened to Monday|
|Release Date||:||August 18, 2017|
|Genres||:||Science Fiction, Thriller|
|Production Co.||:||Vendome Pictures, Nexus Factory, Umedia, Snd Films, Raffaella Productions, Title Media|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, France, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Writers||:||Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson|
|Casts||:||Noomi Rapace, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Pål Sverre Hagen, Tommy Edun, Cassie Clare, Cameron Jack, Kirsty Averton, Robert Wagner, Lara Decaro, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Daniel Berge Halvorsen, Ioana Florentina Dimitriu, Edouard Philipponnat, Marie Everett, Elijah Ungvary, Clara Read, Lucy Pearson, Santiago Cabrera|
|Plot Keywords||:||chase, false identity, overpopulation, investigation, betrayal, conspiracy, execution, dystopic future, population control, septuplets|
What Happened to Monday Reviews
- Ask yourself, what am I expecting from this (or any) experience?by 18 August 2017on
161 out of 223 people found the following review useful:
I honestly don't understand the bad reviews behind this film. I'm writing this, not as a review of the events or themes that take place; but rather, a questioning of expectations from the average film viewer.
It should be fairly obvious that to enjoy any motion picture, one must enable their sense of disbelief. This means when you watch a fantasy film or show you don't question the reality of wands, spells, dragons, etc. Instead, you allow yourself to be immersed within the story. After all, the entire point of art is to transport yourself within the world of the artist.
I take issue with criticism from professional critics to the average person on the basis of "realism," "continuity," and/or any other tropes related to the experience of (in this case film), art.
This movie uses certain themes that have a major impact in the possible near future as its basis for storytelling, and therefore, I can see why some might attempt to hold the themes as a basis to grade its merits.
I must contest this though as I would say you don't read an Asimov, Clarke, Dick, novel and complain that your predictions of the future aren't the same as the author's do you? While watching this I'm reminded of my experience of watching "Minority Report" and it's safe to say that that version of the future hasn't come close to existing yet, but nonetheless it's a masterful bit of storytelling. The point though is this, sure there are holes in almost any plot, especially in films that don't coincide with our present day notions of reality; but what has that to do with our ability to enjoy a film?
Be honest with yourself for a moment, when you're watching anything but a documentary (and even then..) you're primary concern is the entertainment value. To which, this film delivers in spades.
There's great drama, great action, great acting, and one person playing 7 roles. What more could you ask for? Anyone who denigrates this film, I have to know, what are your expectations, and what are your favorite films?
- Not What I Expectedby 23 August 2017on
51 out of 71 people found the following review useful:
Let me start by saying that I did not expect this movie to play out the way it did. The acting by Noomi Rapace is nothing but phenomenal. The movie does have the basic, typical plot in regards to the whole dystopia and one child policy that has been seen before. However, the notion of the seven sisters working together to survive was what made this storyline unique. Although Noomi played seven roles, each character had the chance of sharing their story and distinctive traits. I definitely recommend this movie. Netflix pulled this movie out of a hat.
- A mind-blowing movie that you must see if you like sci-fi and action movies (and even if you don't)by 20 August 2017on
67 out of 111 people found the following review useful:
This movie is by far one of the best I've seen in 2017. I must admit that I thought the story presented in the trailer was cliché, but the movie is mind blowing. I would catalogue it as an action movie, and I usually don't like action movies, but this one in particular, has a very well done story that keeps you immerse in the movie wanting to know more. I read the bad reviews and for what I've seen is people that just watch the superficial and didn't really understand the story and what it wants to transmit, and that's the thing, I had never written a review for a movie, but this one really deserves it, and because I want people to give it a chance and not to avoid watching it because of the bad reviews (that are from people that apparently misunderstood the movie). So I really recommend it, It would keep you entertained and amazed.
- Don't understand what the low ratings are about!!by 2 September 2017on
31 out of 46 people found the following review useful:
This is a great movie! Shot very well and the main actress is amazing for playing all seven characters. This movie itself is a little bloody for me, but besides that I quite like it. I keep seeing reviews indicating a lower rating, but I don't know why! This film is exciting and has a great story line that makes you think about our current situation in the world. It makes you wonder just how far human society will go when technology starts to really become more advanced.
- Netflix Got this one a bit betterby 18 August 2017on
55 out of 95 people found the following review useful:
Well the story portraits 7 siblings trying to live at an overpopulated world. Each one of them a day of the week.
I haven't read the book and the story is not so distant. At first seems kind of boring but then gets quite intense and thrilling. The final is not what you'd expect.
Maybe the story is not so accurate with real problems, but come on! it's Sci-Fi, not a documentary. The acting is wonderful, if Oscars were not preconfigured to drama, Noomi Rapace at least would be nominated. She portraits seven different personalities, seven different aspects, virtually seven different personas in one set. Which even though has some slight flaws is quite an acting showcase. And that needs to be applauded. (Trust me she did better than Legend, the Tom Hardy one with the twins).
Directors, editors and photography did a great job mixing one person into seven, again, had some flaws but was good work and needs to be applauded.
Supporting actors were not that great, excluding Marwan Kenzari who did a good job. Is not a must watch either a blockbuster for the summer, but it will be a story that you may enjoy any given day.
- Watch it for Noomi Rapace's dazzling performanceby 9 September 2017on
9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
"Seven Sisters" (2017 release from the UK and France; 123 min.; US title "What Happened to Monday") opens with a clever montage as to the world's population explosion, leading eventually to a "one child per family" policy. But that doesn't stop Karen Settman, who bears 7 daughters (and dies in childbirth). Karen's dad Terrence is determined to raise his granddaughters "the right way", naming them after the days of the week, and composing an overall "Karen Settman" composite, whereby each of them is allowed to leave the house on the day of the week they are named after. Then one day Monday doesn't return home... At this point we are 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, best known for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" a few years ago. Here he goes into the sci-fi direction , playing out what happens in 2073 when society allows only one child per family and other siblings are put into a "cryosleep" until one day things hopefully get better. The movie's overall feel is quite original and imaginative, even if there are plot holes the size of Manhattan. But much of that is compensated by the dazzling performance of Noomi "Girl With Dragon Tattoo" Rapace, who plays all seven sisters, doing it with nuance and fervor. The action scenes are at times way over the top, but always entertaining. Glenn Close has a small role as the "baddie", while William Defoe has an even smaller role as Terrence Settman. But in the end, it's all about Noomi Rapace and her amazing performance.
I caught "Seven Sisters" in the theater recently while on a family visit to Belgium. The matinée screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended nicely.Upon my return to the US< I noticed the movie has been renamed "What Happened to Monday" for reasons I cannot phantom ("Seven Sisters" seems so much more appropriate). THe movie has been streaming on VOD, and hence I don't know that I will get a theatrical release in the US, which is a shame. Bottom line: if you are a fan of Noomi Rapace, you'll want to check it out, be it on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.
- Genuinely enjoyed this movie.by 23 August 2017on
22 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
It might have been because I hadn't seen a movie in this vein for a while, but it was extremely entertaining! For all its flaws and tropes it's still a very entertaining movie with a huge performance by Noomi Rapace. I would recommend it just for her acting! Oh, and the end; It all comes together very cleanly for the septuplets... storywise, at least, not in the fluffy unicorn parade happy ending you secretly hope for them way.
- 7 Noomis are a real viewing pleasure!by 28 August 2017on
21 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Just after watching Unlocked, also starring Noomi Rapace, I hesitated before watching this one: wouldn't too many Noomis at the same time "spoil the broth"? But I finally watched it, and enjoyed every moment of the movie. Glenn Close is deliciously horrific (reminds me of those Nazi wardens in concentration camps), and Rapace is simply extraordinary. The bad guys are scary enough, the atmosphere of a one-child-only society fairly oppressive. A nice one before going back to school...
- Predictable and typicalby 19 September 2017on
11 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
I really do not get the hype about this movie. It has all the standard, typical stuff for a movie in this genre, alongside with The Hunger Games, Divergent and so on. That being said, I have not read the book so this review is based on a simple guy heading to the movies with friends.
First, everything in this movie is predictable. From the second Cayman entered the screen you could tell that she would be the powerful bitch. She even wore makeup that made her ugly and annoying. You know, that punchable face. Just like Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter. I am sorry to tell you that the predictable, annoying parts of this movie does not stop here.
Secondly, the seven sisters were way to different from each other for it to be even close to realistic. In every single movie made for the teenager segment (which this has to be), the group of characters is always significantly different from each other. The clever one, the computer geek, the strong one, and so on. Exactly like that is it with these sisters. Wouldn't they become very similar by living literally the exact same life?
And of course, the evil, huge and powerful state. Obligatory for this kind of movie, the bureau is super mean. Like, for no reason whatsoever. They get the order from Cayman: Capture this random innocent girl because she is a sibling. Fair enough. But out of the blue the agents hate this girl so much they want to stab her in the face and call her a whore.
And then there's the dialogues. Yeah, you guessed it: predictable. The webcam chat with the blonde one: "I love y.." *Bang*. Shot in the head. I even heard a guy in the audience laugh when it was supposed to be a surprising and heartbreaking moment, probably because he predicted it. All of the dialogues are like this. The meetings around the table, where everyone have to say a stereotypical phrase for their character. The classic bust of the evil empire, literally on a huge screen in front of the entire world. Caymans obligatory breakdown when she gets busted, when she yells that everyone sucks and does not understand.
On the other hand it is fair to say that I was entertained. Even though everything is predictable and the ending is supposed to be surprising (which it was not), I guess it is worth a watch. One of the things that actually impressed me was Naomi Rapace and her acting skills. It obviously is a hard job to have that many roles in the same movie. Dafoe also does a good job as the caring but tough father. The minor roles did not impress me though, and some were even quite annoying with their typical lines like "step into the f*cking van" in bad English. Some of the scenes were pretty cool, like the fighting, explosions, special effects and getaways. However, that is pretty much the good things about this movie.
- Great. Great. Great. Great. Great!!!by 27 August 2017on
29 out of 54 people found the following review useful:
This is probably the BEST - if not GREATEST - movie I've seen thus far in 2017. Noomi Rapace is godly talented and she killed all her parts in this film. Even the supporting cast - all gave a phenomenal performance to me. Hands down an excellent movie - I can't even find any fault to it.
I clearly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written, acted and executed flick. This one hits all those points and some...
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