Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
Plot: In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
Running Time: 123 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.9
Why I watched it: The trailer looked decent and the cast was good.
Random Thoughts: Lets get the title out of the way, Netflix Canada has it has 7 Sisters and what I watched the title card said 7 Sisters but you go to IMDB type in 7 Sisters and What Happened To Monday came up.
From first glance this was not only a gimmick movie but a showcase for Noomi Rapace, she plays 7 different characters, with that said when I saw the trailer the first thing that hit me was Orphan Black, one actresses many different roles, now on paper it sounds like a cool idea but really that has to be very hard and daunting and as an actor you are relying on a script to give you seven good to decent characters to play.
What I liked: The set is cool, I love Sci-Fi movies, I love when they show us a different future. The film for me was a cross between Logan’s Run and Solvent Green, not a bad thing. The best part to me was the set up, Willem Dafoe with these 7 sisters and trying to come up with something to keep them all together you had in these are his grand daughters and his daughter died giving birth and you have a lot of stakes set up early and Dafoe gives a good performance and he’s easily the best character.
Even though I don’t think it worked that well I have to give credit to Rapace cause 7 characters is very hard to play in one film and when the majority of the scenes is just those 7 characters man that’s almost impossible, she’s game here and she does give it her all she tries to make each one different.
What I didn’t like: First off let’s get something straight setting up a premise is different than world building and this to me is the biggest flaw of 7 Sisters, the world they live in doesn’t make much sense and it’s not shown to us that well, we get title cards and we get talking heads explaining the world but we don’t get a sense of it, it’s not real it’s set up that is a plot device that’s all. The best Science Fiction creates new worlds and sets their rules up.
The film technically has two major problems with their gimmick the 7 Sisters aren’t fleshed out at all, honestly i didn’t know who was who, each sister got one characteristic and the film is very poorly directed the close ups and the way the director Tommy Wirkola shot it just takes us out of the film and at times it’s laughable. The script is the real weakness here and to be blunt about it the script is really really bad, the Dafoe character is just gone after the beginning, we never see him with the grown up sisters, we get no explanation of what happened to him. The film’s set up and plot is bonkers, this world is how big? We only see a very small section and what they do with the kids even before the big reveal is laughable. That’s the other thing this movie really crosses into parody at some points the Glenn Close character is a cartoon and she might be given one of the worse performances of her career, don’t get me wrong Close is a legend and has done great work again the blame is the script and direction.
The thing that I found the most disappointing is the whole set up of one actor playing 7 roles, look at some great movies were the actors play multiple roles, I look at Dead Ringers with Jeremy Irons playing twins, it was shot so well and when you saw one of them you knew who they were, now if seven was too much make it 4 make it 3 and give Rapace a chance, when the film focuses on one or two it’s a better film.
As you can tell I didn’t like the film and to pile on the film is way too long, it’s over 2 hours and so much is unexplored or explained, they waste time here, the film drags and is really hard to get through.
Final Thoughts: The idea was interesting and you had three very good actors there’s no reason why this was such a mess.