7 Sisters – ★ ★ ★ ★ Review
I love Noomi Rapace, and will watch anything with her in it. When I heard about 7 Sisters, it immediately piqued my interest.
7 Sisters was very good, but immediately comparisons were made to Orphan Black, simply because you have one actress playing multiple roles. In Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany played more than 10 different characters/clones over the show’s run, in 7 Sisters, Noomi Rapace plays septuplets in a mild dystopian future. The planet was getting overpopulated, so a one child policy was put in place. When anyone has more than one child, the extra siblings are taken by the government and put into a deep sleep until a time that the planet can sustain the population. When his daughter dies giving birth to septuplets, Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe) hides the children in his apartment, constructing hidden rooms and false walls to conceal the girls in case of government searches. When they are old enough, he allows the girls to go outside, one day a week. Though they are all registered under the name of Karen Settman, they each are named after a different day of the week, and that is the day they can go out, and live the life of “Karen”. All goes well until of course one day “Monday” doesn’t come home from work. Now the sisters have to work together to find their sister while avoiding detection…
Rapace makes the film with her multiple performances, but everyone shone. Willem DaFoe who was shown mostly in flashbacks was a treat and gave the film an extra sense of validation. Glenn Close played the government official who instituted the one child policy and ran the department that dealt with “extra” children. She was deliciously evil as the antagonist because she didn’t think what she was doing was evil. As I said though, Noomi Rapace was the best part of this film. Each sister had a very distinct personality and it was fun to watch her bring each “day” to life.
This was an exciting, thrilling film. There was lots of action; with fights and chases mixed in throughout the film all while the sisters got closer and closer to Monday. I really enjoyed the movie, mostly because of the cast, but also because the story was an excellent little taste of sci-fi. The only thing that disappointed me was that the Blu Ray didn’t have any special features. I thought that a film as ambitious as this; having one actress play seven characters, often sharing screen time; would have had some very interesting “behind the scenes” story, and I wanted more once the film was done.
Bottom Line: If you’re as big a fan of Noomie Rapace as I am, may I also highly recommend the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films and Unlocked? Also, the original title for 7 Sisters was What Happened to Monday. While I like the sound of that title a lot more, I guess it could be a little spoiler-ish, so I can see why they changed it.