What Happened to Monday: Movie Review

Kayla Cheng, Staff Writer


During quarantine, I and many others watched a surplus of movies. Out of all the movies I watched, my favorite was “What Happened To Monday.” The film takes place in a dystopian nightmare where there is a shortage of food due to overpopulation. In efforts to combat this issue, the world turns to science and genetically enhanced food. Although this solved the food shortage issue, it later had disastrous results such as multiple births and genetic defects in children. Doctor Nicollette Cayman advocates for Congress to enact the Child Allocation Act, which dictates that there is to be one child per family. 

This act completely transforms society; multiple security checkpoints are put up around the nation. Every citizen is to wear a bureau-issued bracelet that can identify them to make sure that every family only has one child. Any siblings of the first child are to be turned over to the government where they are cryogenically frozen for the future. Scientists claim that this will protect children from starvation, poverty, and harm so that the children can “awake to a better world.”

However, one woman decides to go against the government and gives birth to septuplets. Not willing to give up any of her children, she devises a plan to ensure that all her children will be able to live together. Due to her going to a less funded and secret hospital, she passes away during childbirth, which her father is forced to carry out her plan for her. He names the children Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, which dictates what day each girl is allowed to go out. 

From an early age, the girls are taught to work collectively as a team in order to better function under one persona. Their grandfather goes to great lengths to protect them. He builds them a hidden room they can go into if they are discovered and need to hide in order to protect themselves. The girls’ childhood is completely devoted to becoming a single persona, and it goes so far that when one of the girls loses her finger, the others are also forced to lose theirs in order to be identical. The girls are hidden under the persona of Karen Settman.

As they get older, the girls become less content with Karen Settman and want to develop their own lives in the outside world. They are exhausted from never being able to express themselves and even discuss turning themselves into the Child Allocation Bureau because of how tired they are of living under a fake persona. The issue begins when Monday goes out to work one day and doesn’t come back. The sisters then try to track Monday through the bureau bracelet, but with no success; there is no trace of her. The next day, Tuesday goes out in search of her sister and is caught by the bureau. The sisters are now more puzzled than ever when both sisters miraculously vanish without a trace. The girls are now aware that someone is onto them, and through the course of the film, they uncover the truth about the Child Allocation Act. This is an excellent movie for those who love action and suspense. The ending will have you on the edge of your chair!