Pure Fandom Movie Review: Netflix’s ‘What Happened to Monday’

This is a spoiler free review of What Happened to Monday

Netflix has gone and done it again. They’ve created a movie that makes you feel emotions you didn’t even know you had. What Happened to Monday is innovative and original, yet heart wrenching at the same time. It’s comical and relatable, but it will have you clenching your teeth in anger as well.

Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace, and oh, Noomi Rapace

You may know Noomi from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or its two sequels where she played the title character. Or you may also know her from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Rapace is a very versatile actor and has played in numerous roles all over the scales. But nothing compares to this role. For one, she doesn’t play just one character in this movie, or even two — she plays seven!

What Happened to Monday Review

For one actress to play seven completely different characters is amazing. To play the parts so well is phenomenal and mind blowing. These vastly different personalities make you truly believe you are watching seven different women. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

Willem Dafoe is another big star as he takes on the role of genius, protective father — a role he plays as though he’s been doing so forever. This is a man who will do anything to be sure his granddaughters all live and have the most normal lives possible.

The always elegant Glenn Close pops in as the villain as well, just to make us feel a little conflicted about who we are disliking. Who wants to hope for Glenn Close’s demise? I sure don’t. But the vastly talented actress took the part of Nicolette Cayman and she owned it, as she does in every one of her roles.What Happened to Monday review

Dystopian future

We’ve all seen numerous movies that focus on a dystopian future. Hell, we all watch at least two shows that revolve around the idea. But I don’t think there has ever been one quite like this. I’m not sure if there is a possibility of following this idea in future movies either. This one has created it’s own little niche in this particular brand of science fiction, and I think it’s going to stay that way.

When a woman dies giving birth to septuplets, it’s up to her father to step in and care for the children. But things aren’t just going to be difficult, they’re going to be nearly impossible. For in this severely overpopulated version of the world, each family is allowed to have only one child.

What happens when there are twins or more, you ask? The family must choose one child to keep and any more than that are put into a cryogenic sleep — a place they will stay in until the world becomes less populated and it’s safe for them to be awoken. But the chances of any family members being alive when that happens looks slim.

Devoted father

Terrence Settman does the only thing he can think of. He names each child after a day of the week and tells the rest of the world he only has one daughter, Karen. But behind the scenes, the girls are each named after a day of the week and follow a very precise schedule. A schedule that, should it be deviated from in any way, could result in the death of the whole family.

Sunday is only allowed out on Sundays, Monday only on Mondays, and so on. Regardless of who is out in public, they must all be Karen. Working the same job, looking exactly the same, knowing what is going on at all times. Something that’s accomplished by special video that all seven girls sit and watch while eating dinner.

What Happened to Monday Review

There are times when things get dark. When Thursday sneaks out on a day that isn’t hers and loses the tip of her index finger, the others suffer as well. Terrence cuts off the tips of the other girls’ finger in the exact manner. What affects one Karen, affects them all. Everything must be exact from their hair to their shoes, or they risk losing everything.

Suggestions and final verdict

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It allows you to calm down and settle into things and then abruptly throws something unexpected at you. The acting was phenomenal from start to finish from everyone on screen. Emotions were so palpable that you found yourself feeling the same as these siblings at all times. It was a fully immersive world that was easy to fall into and hard to force yourself to get out of once the movie was over.

The only remotely negative thing I could find was there are a few points in the movie that seem to drag. Something that’s pretty common at least once in most movies you see. Keep in mind, this movie is a little over two hours, so it’s definitely to be expected. We can’t have non-stop action from start to finish. Other than that, this movie definitely deserves the Netflix thumbs up.

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Sarah Cudlipp

Sarah is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, while working as a Personal Assistant. When she isn’t chasing around her nephew, she is watching her favorite shows and writing about them! Sarah is all about the ships, especially Olicity and Clace!

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