One of the things I like about Netflix's way of doing films and series is that it allows them to take risks on stories that may not seem very commercial initially. What Happened To Monday is one of those strange concepts that might not be made if it wasn't for new streaming service outlets. The film is a dystopian science-fiction thriller from writers Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson and director Tommy Wirkola. It stars Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close, and Noomi Rapace.
The idea of the film is that the world is overpopulated and families are limited to one child each. Then there are a set of identical septuplets who are being hunted by the government and must avoid fighting among themselves while trying to find out what happened to one of their own.
The clip below shows that they've been hiding for a long time, that they have built in "safe rooms", but now the government seems to know about it and have come for them. The siblings fight back in a brutal way. They're not fighters, but fear and self-preservation are strong motivators to fight back.
This reminds me of classic science fiction concepts from the fifties and sixties where someone or a group of people must rebel against restrictions placed on society for the betterment of all. In the same vein as George Orwell's 1984 or Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451…I have no idea if this will be even close to as good as those, but it has that feel.
In the UK, this film is called Seven Sisters.
The film makes its debut on Netflix on August 18th. I've put the full trailer below the clip.