It was an intriguing enough concept, though not very believable (somehow GMO crops lead to a huge increase in siblings and genetic mutations and such). Instead of doing the obvious thing and changing the type of modification in order to feed the incoming identical siblings, they come up with a just as wasteful, stupid idea of "let's put them all in cryosleep until we come up with a solution in the future"
so Europe, adopting a One Child policy like old china, inexplicably becomes a dystopia where people roam the streets and the Child Allocation Bureau, like ICE, basically kidnaps children to put them into cryosleep while an angry mob watches and inevitable violent revolution creeps ever closer.
The protagonist siblings have a system come up with by their grandfather to let them all go out one day a week, corresponding to their names as they are named after days of the week, taking on the identity of a fictitious single child that is all of them.
Somehow this all gets revealed in the first 30 minutes as CAB kidnaps two of them, then sends an ugly goon squad to capture the others. This goon squad enters the public apartment, and for absolutely no reason, murders the front desk doorman guy.
I completely stopped caring about this film at that point. The sheer level of hideous stupidity and pointless dystopia is in no way backed up by the movie's plot. This completely pointless act of vulgar cruelty sufficiently drew me out of the immersion enough to begin to realize just how impossible the movie's setup is. I'm not even half-way through the movie and I'm willing to bet it's revealed the CAB just kills all the children they capture and "cryosleep" is a lie, because that's exactly the sort of meaningless cruelty this film is going for to give a pointlessly noirish tone to a story that could've taken place in 1980s China without the pointless murder and abuse of children.
As the film trudges along in the vein of a cheap action thriller, with CAB inexplicably having possession of military-grade weaponry like high powered sniper rifles to randomly murder any civilian even remotely in their path, regardless of whether they know or are helping the siblings, more and more questions start to be brought up about this ridiculously pointless tyranny.
- If the GMO crops are causing an increase in siblings being born, while ALSO being necessary to feed the overpopulated Earth, why is nothing being done about the excessive births? No mention is made or shown of any sort of drug or medical treatment to try to mitigate the effects of the GMO making tons more babies, and given that CAB is on a daily basis kidnapping "excess" children to freeze or murder, they apparently aren't doing anything about prevention OR early intervention, whether by killing the siblings as babies or "humanely" freezing them as babies so they don't have to go into the streets and make people want to kill them for tearing families apart.
- Why not change what kind of genetic modifying the food undergoes? We've got GMO'd food today that does just fine in feeding billions of people without every single one of them having 8 identical children each. What changed between, based on the intro montage, the Obama administration and the future time this movie is set in that they can't use it again?
- How in the hell is "seven identical siblings pretending to be one person" a crime serious enough to allow for them to randomly murder innocent civilians AND OPEN FIRE ON A PUBLIC CROWD WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS?! Arguably, since these idiotic tyrants at CAB have already killed at least 4 or 5 innocent civilians just trying to capture these siblings, they should just let them go since they've already balanced out the foodpopulation problem. If the whole point of the One Child policy was to be able to properly feed everyone, then they've already killed off enough random people to be able to spare for the siblings.
and we're just over half-way through the movie.
EDIT: Having finished the movie, I cannot believe I was completely right about the "cryosleep" thing being a total lie and them just mass murdering all the children they come across. The woman in charge of CAB played by Glenn Close comes across as such a moronic cliché with a (debunked) Malthusean mindset and such "whiny teenage angst" lines like "Humanity is a failed species" that seem to come out of nowhere, and which she delivers all the time all around employees at CAB
Which makes you wonder just how moronic the people around them are that their boss, who is supposedly a big huge hearted person who loves children so much she is freezing them so they can live in a better future, is roaming the halls mumbling about how much humanity is evil and parasitic like a teenager that just watched "The Matrix" for the first time and gushes to anyone who will listen about how right Agent Smith is don't talk to their friends or family or each other about what a psychopath this woman is.
If I worked at a pet shelter with a highly controversial system of "saving" lost pets and my boss was talking about how miserable pets are and how pets don't deserve to live, I'd be majorly concerned about their well-being andor what the company is actually doing. It wouldn't take a Jason Bourne-esque action-packed chase plot culminating in a single video release to bring them down, so much years of rumor, innuendo, and inevitable insider whistleblowing and investigations.
Review by Andariel Halo from the Internet Movie Database.