Cast: Glenn Close, Noomi Rapace, William Dafoe
In a not-so-distant future, the government has enforced a ‘One Child Policy’ to combat rising populations and the strain being put on the planet. However, when seven identical siblings are born, they become hidden away from society- only being allowed out one day a week, on the day that corresponds to their name. Monday on Mondays, Tuesday on Tuesday’s and so on… and so begins a game of cat and mouse, between the young women and the government agents who are trying to track them down.
I’ll start off by saying- that this is a fascinating concept for a film. It’s very reminiscent of dystopian futures from other franchises, such as the Hunger Games or Divergent- and I thought that it was definitely a unique look at an actual real-world problem. I also love anything sci-fi – and I felt like this might have some elements of that within it.
The story itself is interesting. It started off very promisingly, however, I did feel like the plot and the world wasn’t that well thought-out. We didn’t seem to get much of an atmosphere of the environment that the future world was set in.
Although we were privy to some techy gadgets and various screens and systems that appeared on people’s hands, it didn’t feel really like a dystopian world at all.
In fact- a lot of the world got lost in a rather fast-paced and action-packed plot, that I felt could have been slowed down, to really make this film a stand-out, in the leagues of Orphan Black. (Which holds a similar premise)
Although all of the main female leads are played by Noomi Rapace, I felt like she only did a few of them justice. As the 7 identical siblings have all developed their own personality and style, she had a real opportunity as an actress to push herself and experiment with each of her characters. However, I felt like she only excelled herself when playing Saturday and Monday- whereas the rest of her characterizations fell a little flat.
Despite its downfalls- I think that the concept of this film was so interesting, out-there and probably worth a watch just to start an interesting discussion about how that would apply to real-life. Although it’s missing a little something- I’d love to hear other people’s opinions of it!