Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What Happened To Monday


What Happened To Monday is a movie currently airing on Netflix and released in France as Seven Sisters. It's the story of an overpopulated future where families are only allowed to have one child- any children beyond the first one are taken by the Child Allocation Bureau and put into cryosleep, until such time as the world has more resources. Sounds lovely, right? Well one guy of course breaks the rules and raises seven daughters after his wife dies- the trick is that each girl is allowed to go outside one day a week, the day that corresponds to their name. Oh yeah and each girl is named for a day of the week. 

Still with me? Okay it sounds kinda out there but to be honest it's pretty good. I went into this a little skeptical but hopeful, and after an iffy beginning it took off. I would say the first half hour was a little slow, and I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, but once Monday disappears things start to heat up. The remaining sisters don't know what to do or where Monday is, so they try to find her- but this future society is totally regulated, there are checkpoints everywhere, and it makes Divergent look like happy town. 

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Noomi Rapace plays Karen Settman, which is the name all seven sisters go by in the world, and kind of like Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black she manages to give each girl their own look and personality. It took me a bit to keep them straight, especially once the action takes off, but it's a fun ride. Glenn Close is in it as well as the big bad- she runs the Child Allocation Bureau naturally- but I was surprised how good this movie turned out to be. There are a few twists along the way, including one I didn't foresee, and the action scenes are well done too. 

There are times where the realism factor is a little iffy, it's not perfect by any means, but it's worth a watch. 

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  1. Wow, this sounds *so* good. The premise is pretty intriguing and I already love the casting. I haven't seen Noomi Rapace in anything since I saw her in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I like Willem Dafoe - and Glenn Close can play such a good baddie. I'll have to look for this one.

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    1. She did a great job in this one. It must have been really hard to pull off all seven of those looks.

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  2. Oh, I watched this one last week. I thought it was unexpectedly good.

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    1. Yeah, let me know what you think!

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  4. I can't WAIT To see this, but frigging NEtflix aNZ SUCKS and it's nowhere near to airing here. SIGHS.

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    1. Oh no. That sux, definitely. Sorry...

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  5. Sounds like a fun movie! We'll have to check this one out soon.

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  6. I have this one on my watch list but kind of forgot about it. Maybe I'll get to it this weekend.

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I kept putting it off, finally buckled down and watched it, it's pretty good after a roughish start.

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  7. I had actually forgotten about this show and I only saw it on your blog a few weeks back. I've seen a couple of mixed reviews but it does sound interesting and it's not too often I'm interested in Netflix original films so I'm definitely checking this one out tonight.

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    1. Ooh I hope you like it. The first 30 mins didn't really work for me, I almost turned it off, but after it got going I liked it.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. I hadn't even heard of it and it sounds like I might enjoy it.

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    1. Sure thing Barb! I hope you like it...

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  9. I watched this the other day and loved it. I can't believe he was able to keep this hidden for 30 years! But my goodness, were they clever, tough and ready when it came to a fight with the enemy. I'm not going to give away the ending, but boy was I sort of shocked. Sounds like you were a little surprised too! Hugs and thanks for the review!

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    1. I was unsure about it, but gave it a try! And yes the ending was pretty good! I loved how they fought back, that chase through the city was great!

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  10. I liked the trailer of this one when you posted it earlier. It still sounds like I might take the time to watch some time.

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    1. I hope you like it if you give it a shot.

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  11. When I first saw the photo of the seven sisters I thought this might be an Orphan Black knockoff, but the trailer doesn't look half bad. And I really like Noomi Rapace, so maybe the next time I buy a month of Netflix I'll check this out.

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    1. I got that early vibe too, and it is similar in that she plays all seven, just like tatiana did. It's worth a watch!

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  12. Suzzanna says its unexpectedly good, so I must watch it.

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  13. Ahoy there matey. Thanks fer giving me the heads up about this one. I haven't been watching much lately. Reading has been priority. But this ones sounds like something the first mate and I would enjoy. Arrr!
    x The Captain

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    1. It is worth a watch. I had to get through the first 1/2 hour but then it got good. Gets surprisingly intense

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  14. Ok wait, are they septuplets then? Because otherwise there's no way they'd all look exactly alike. But the concept of each girl only being able to go out one day a week is interesting. I think it was Lola who reviewed a book kinda like that, but with four girls?

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    1. Yup. And discounting how plausible it is they would get away with this, it was pretty good. :) Ooh I'd love to know what book Lola had like that. I know The Originals by Cat Patrick is one I liked, but it's three girls (and they're clones).

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    2. Did you review The Originals? Maybe it's your review I was thinking of lol.

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    3. I did review it a while back. Here's the link http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-originals.html

      I hate reading my older reviews lol

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  15. Thanks for precising the title in France (I don't know why they always change the movie titles), I wouldn't have recognized it otherwise. I always have a hard time with SF stories but I think I could like this one, it sounds so interesting ! I just watched the trailer, it looks so good (but I said that about Lucy and ended up disliking it so I don't know.)

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    1. I thought this was a Netflix production so when I saw it was originally released in France I was super interested. I think Seven sister might have been a better title?

      Oh my gosh I HATED Lucy. Same here, went to see it and SO disaapointed. This is much better.

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    2. Hum.. I agree. "Seven Sisters" is more catchy.

      Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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    3. Yup. I almost think they should have kept that title- Seven Sisters- but oh well!!

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  16. I will have to look for this. It has a really original set up and sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    1. You're welcome Carole, hope you get a chance to watch!

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  17. I saw the trailer for this - I think I'll have to watch it! :)

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    1. Yeah it's a good one- not amazing or anything, but definitely worth a watch!

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  18. Oooh I need to watch this! I love the poster for it, too. And let's be real, you had me at "Orphan Black" (the one in the middle is even giving me an Alison vibe hahah)

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    1. Ha ha this helped me with my Orphan Black withdrawal... :)

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  19. I didn't realize this was out already. It looks so good and gives off Orphan Black vibes. Definitely have to watch!

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  20. My fiancé just watched this! I love the premise! I'll have to add it to my list!

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  21. This sounds really good. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  22. I watched this last week and enjoyed it! For some reason I thought it was a show instead of a movie so I was surprised when it ended!

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  23. This sounds good! I love the premise of Orphan Black but struggle with keeping up with the show so this story in movie form really appeals to me! Thanks for sharing! I probably wouldn't have looked twice at this one.

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  24. oh thank you for this review Greg! I was kinda down after GoT ended and looking for something edgy to watch. I still love dystopians so I'm in!

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  25. Interesting! I've been curious about this and it sounds pretty good. I'll have to give it a watch.

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