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The Platform (2019) ★★★

The Platform


A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity.


Originally a Netflix original movie, this was released dubbed in English, without captions, which I’m not a huge fan of. I find myself constantly watching actors’ lips and the discrepancy of what comes out. But I got past this issue and enjoyed this film.

The message behind The Platform mimics life, particularly the greed factor in those who are higher up consume and those below fight for scraps. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, The Platform is a Spanish dystopian thriller is set in a vertical prison called “The Pit.” The film explores societal hierarchy, human nature, and the consequences of greed. While many viewers may be familiar with its central premise, there are several lesser-known aspects of the movie that add layers of intrigue and depth to its story.

Besides class struggle as a central theme, the vertical prison represents both societal stratification and is a metaphor for capitalism. There was also some possible symbolism with the main character’s name (Goreng played by Ivan Massagué). Goreng is a Malay and Indonesian word that translates to “fried” or “to fry”, or the act of introducing food to intense heat. Goreng has to face some intense heated and moral decisions inside the environment of The Pit.

The Platform transcends its status as a mere thriller, offering a thought-provoking exploration of human nature, societal inequality, and the consequences of greed. Hours after viewing, I came away with a deeper appreciation for the film’s complexity and relevance in today’s world, particularly living in the US, the proverbial epicenter of capitalism.

My rating for this film was largely based on its execution of the idea and symbolism behind the film’s plot. Other parts were quite average including the acting, sometimes bland cinematography, and plot holes. But this movie is definitely worth checking out. Warning: just don’t plan to eat a hearty meal while watching it. The Platform is definitely an extreme appetite suppressant.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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