The concept of one actor playing several characters on the same screen has been around for a while now; Eddy Murphy in The Nutty Professor, Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II, and more recently Tatiana Maslany in the BBC-turn-Netflix-original series Orphan Black. The latter example is in fact so similar to What Happened to Monday (directed by Tommy Wirkola) that one would be forgiven for clicking into it on the Netflix home page. Orphan Black follows clones, while Monday follows the story of identical septuplets played by Mooni Rapace in the over-populated world of 2073. As a result, single child policy has been introduced in what is known as the Child Allocation Act. Needless to say, there are six sisters too many and that is dangerous. Siblings get torn from their parents in the middle of a street on a daily basis never to be seen again.
To protect the sisters, their grandfather Terrence (Willem Defoe) creates a single identity with the name of Karen Settman. They each have a day of the week on which they are allowed to go out in the world as Karen, with each of them being named by that day (lazy naming skills, Grandpa?). What happens to one of them happens to all of them, as explained by a severed finger in the opening act of the film. When Monday goes to work as Settman and doesn’t come home, the remaining six sisters do their best to find out what happened to her, hence the title of the film. Continue reading