What Happened to Monday is a Sci-Fi Netflix Original Film about a dystopian future where the chemicals used to produce more food in a faster way in order to feed the growing population of the planet are causing women to give birth to multiple children. Because of that, overpopulation has become the world’s biggest thread, and the government came up with a solution similar to China’s former “One-child policy”. But in this film, the solution is a bit more extreme: couples are only allowed to have one offspring; any child born after the firstborn or if they give birth to more than one baby (like twins or more), the Child Allocation Bureau (CAB), ran by Nicolette Cayman (played by Glenn Close), would apprehend the sibling(s) and be put into a cryogenic sleep with the assurance to be waken up and reinserted into society once the world is in better conditions and overcomes the overpopulation problem.
Terrence Settman (played by Willem Dafoe), a father of septuplets, names each of his seven daughters after a different day of the week and decides not to let CAB or anyone know about their existence. He hides them and forges a plan to keep all of them alive and together. They create one persona combining all of their virtues and skills named Karen Settman and each one of the sisters is allowed to leave the house the day of their name and act as Karen. Thirty years have passed and one Monday, Monday does not return home and that’s when things start to get complicated. The rest of the sisters start looking for Monday but it seems that the secret is out and they will have to deal with what’s coming their way.
What Happened to Monday may not be a very scientifically based film, some visual effects could have been executed better, it sure has some plot holes and inaccuracies, and it may even make you question why the characters made some decisions instead of others. But it also has its merits; the acting by Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (original Swedish version)) is the biggest one: she plays all seven siblings, and although they are somewhat stereotyped as the geeky one, the sexy one, the tough one, etc., Rapace portrays each one of the sisters very well, you can tell the disparity in their personalities; and there is a moment when you actually believe they are different people and begin focusing on the plot instead of wondering how they achieved the visual effect of having two or more of them on screen at the same time and even physically interacting with each other.
What Happened to Monday will hardly become a Sci-Fi fan favourite but it is a very dynamic, action-packed and not predictable film you will enjoy if you just let it be that. Not all films are meant to change our lives or touch our deepest fibbers, and that is okay and fair, as long as they can make us have a good time, which is what What Happened to Monday provides throughout its two hours of duration: light and unpretentious entertainment.