The Platform

“The panna cotta is the message”

  • Title: The Platform
  • Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
  • Release date: 20th March 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Platform. A film much deeper than meets the eye…

With a dark and bleak mise-en-scene similar to a 21st-century horror, this dystopian horror does not fail to deliver. It won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival, the title of the award spells out where we’re going with this movie.

A Spanish thriller that follows the journey of Goreng, a young intellect, as he agrees to spend six months in a prison known as “the pit”, in exchange for his degree. However, this prison is like no other. Referred to as a Vertical Self-Management Centre (VSC) by its creators, the prison contains hundreds of levels where inmates stay and are switched monthly. All inmates are fed via a platform which sends down food from the top level to the bottom, allowing those at the top to eat like luxury while those at the bottom receive leftovers. In a warped system bound to cause disruption, we follow Goreng’s journey as he navigates his time in the prison.

What gives this that added kick is the hidden meaning behind the film which subtly tackles the pitfalls of capitalism. Each character in The Platform embodies the different ways in which this ideological system can negatively affect the lives of those in society. A system which many of us are under the influence of and deem as being superior to communism.

The Platform is a ground-breaking film as its intriguing storyline delves into issues which not many films have attempted to tackle. With suspense, gore (viewers discretion is advised), bewilderment and a brilliant twist The Platform is undeniably a film to add to the watch list.

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