I can recall watching the trailer for The Platform a few months ago via Facebook. My sister tagged me in it as she is fully aware of my love for dark and disturbing movies, and once I viewed the trailer I made a mental note to tune into this movie once it became available to watch.
In great timing since so many of us are hanging out at home right now, The Platform was on the top of my Netflix page when I opened the website a few nights ago. I watched it, and I wanted to share my opinion of it with all of you.
This “Spanish science fiction horror-thriller film” is “directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia” and is “set in a large, tower-style prison where the inmates are fed by means of a platform that gradually descends the levels of the tower, ostensibly a fair system if each inmate takes only his or her fair share of food, but deeply inequitable in practice as inmates at the top levels have the ability to take much more food and leave less for those below,” the movie’s Wikipedia page explains.
If you’re following, basically this prison, which is referred to as ‘The Pit’ in the movie, is a scene straight out of hell.
Starring Ivan Massagué as Goreng, the film’s protagonist, Zorion Eguileor as Trimagasi, Goreng’s initial cellmate who has an obsession with knives, and Antonia San Juan as Imoguiri, Goreng’s cellmate later on in the movie who is obsessed with her wiener dog, the film follows Goreng and his harsh realizations the longer he spends in the prison. Each inmate is permitted to bring one object into the prison with them, and each month the inmates are moved to a different level of The Pit. Depending on where you end up, you’re either feating elaborately on the meal provided, or you’re feasting on human beings due to extreme hunger.
This movie is dark, but it has a surprising twist of an ending that reinstalled my faith in humanity. It’s absolutely worth the watch, but perhaps avoid eating while watching as a few scenes are incredibly gory.
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