The world is fast approaching overpopulation and tenuous sustainability of the current population due to the wasting, exploitation, and hoarding of resources. In this riveting sci-fi action dystopia, the world must face the consequences of irresponsible decisions in the most harrowing way imaginable. The Child Allocation Bureau has enacted the Child Allocation Act, a one child policy, one which severely punishes families with multiple children by taking away any “extras” to be placed in a cryogenic sleep. Unfortunately, in a world where the poor cannot afford contraceptives and where multiple births are more common than ever due to genetically modified foods, the one child limit proves easier said than done.
When engineer Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe) learns that his estranged daughter has died given birth to identical septuplets, he becomes determined to keep what family he has left safe and together, by any means necessary. Terrence legally names this grandchildren after their mother, Karen, and privately names them Monday-Sunday. In a very deliberate, well-choreographed fashion, Monday-Sunday share the one identity of Karen Settman, each one only leaving their home on the day of the week which matches their name. At home, the girls have their own personalities, desires, and goals, but when they venture out into the world, they must be flawlessly be the same one person.
After 30 successful years of this, Monday (Noomi Rapace) goes missing, never returning home from work, and for the first time, the well-ordered, perfectly-timed lives of her sisters are put at risk. Tuesday-Sunday (Noomi Rapace) must find out what’s happened to her before all of their lives are exposed, and their family becomes endangered. For once, all of the sisters have a chance to really be themselves, to utilize their best skills and resources, and venture out into the world off-schedule in order to save themselves and one another.
Filled with intrigue, political and police corruption, heart-pounding action, and a plethora of moral and ethical decisions, What Happened to Monday is the edge-of-your-seat thriller you never knew you always needed. In between the nail-biting drama, adrenaline-pumping fight scenes, and gorgeous cinematography is the lingering question, “What would you do?”
I give this one 4.5 stars.