Starring: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
Written by: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 3 min.
What Happened to Monday, is one of those dystopian nightmares that still seem to be popular these days. It describes a future (a depressingly plausible one I might add) wherein global warming combined with genetically modified foods conspire to alter birthrates and cause a population boom. Which in turn forces the government to enforce a one-child-only policy.
What should have been an exploration of identity amidst a topical discussion about climate change and overpopulation, quickly becomes a tired action adventure that plays like the unholy splicing of the TV shows, Orphan Black and Doctor Who (no offense to those great shows).
On several occasions, the film flirts with bigger and more poignant things, but never properly explores its juicy premise. The development of the seven siblings (beautifully realized by Noomi Rapace) is set up decently enough, but the ‘evil’ government regime led by Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close) is picked of the trope-shelf marked, “Saturday morning cartoon villain collection.”
The story also doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny, and even the most passive viewer will start to point out the film’s many inconsistencies. Frequently falling back on sci-fi dystopian action clichés in order to move the plot forward. This is a movie that builds a world and creates rules, and then breaks those rules when they become inconvenient.
In the end, What Happen to Monday teases but fails to deliver a cerebral journey for dystopian science fiction connoisseurs, and doesn’t quiet hit the right action adventure beats for those looking for escapist entertainment.
Keep your expectations low for this one. I personally found this film frustrating because it had potential and wasted it. The visual effects are decent enough, but on par with a well-produced TV show.
Noomi Rapace is the single best reason to see this film. The Settman siblings aren’t seven caricatures, they’re proper characters with their own subtle quirks and mannerisms.