Boy did I have a blast with this one. I’ve always have a weakness for stories telling about a dystopian future, but most movies always fall short trying to bring them alive on the big screen. Seven Sisters is a welcome exception.
To be honest, if you loved Children of Men from 2006 you can stop reading. Just go to the nearest theater or find Seven Sisters on your streaming service and just watch it, you won’t be disappointed. As this is also an impressive mix of gripping storytelling, world building and action sequences that will make you sit on the edge of your seat.
The first half of the hour is mostly filled with building up and fleshing out the story. We learn the reason for the existence of the One-Child Policy. The world is starving due to over population. After trying to feed the world with genetically enhanced food which causes even more people being born due to side effects from this food, drastic rules are put into place. Only one child is allowed per family and all other children are cryogenically frozen waiting for better times. Seven sisters however have evaded that rule for over 30 years by pretending to be one and the same person, and they suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
I won’t go into the second part of the movie as I can only do so with spoiling the movie so you’ll have to see it for yourselves. But I can say that there are some interesting and surprising twists to be enjoyed. As a viewer I was sometimes conflicted about who I should be rooting for. The law, trying to keep humanity away from extinction, or a family trying to survive, well as a family really. As with every dystopian view however, we are again shown what could happen if things really go out of hand and we loose our sense of what it means to be human.
Star of the movie has to be undoubtedly Noomi Rapace who you might know from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies. As you might have guessed she, plays all of the seven sisters. All with their own small variations, quirks and manners. And she does it very convincing. Not that everybody around here was phoning it in, but she really carried the movie.
So, I can really recommend Seven Sisters. Heck, I think it may even be my favorite movie of the year!
Title: Seven Sisters
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Duration: 123 minutes
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe en Glenn Close
In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman, enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather who raised and named them – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home.