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“The Platform” breathes new life into horror dystopian genre

With everything going on in the world right now, many may find easy, mindless television appealing, but one can only watch so much reality tv. “The Platform,” a Spanish horror-thriller film recently added to Netflix, serves as a more intelligent viewing, with an easy-to-find message that needs to be shared during these times. 

Although “The Platform” premiered in 2019 at an international film festival, it was only released on Netflix recently, on March 20, 2020 where it spent a large amount of time on the top 10 list. Partly, this is because “The Platform” is an interesting take on a horror dystopian, with plenty of gore, murder, and death for die-hard horror fanatics, but it’s also more than that. “The Platform” delivers a powerful, well-timed message about society, class and feelings of power. 

“The Platform” follows Goreng’s (Iván Massagué) journey through the Vertical Self-Management Center, more informally known as “the hole.”  Many are there to serve out prison sentences, but some, like Goreng, have come voluntarily. Goreng has agreed to spend six months in “the hole” in exchange for an accredited diploma. His cellmate, Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) has been there for nine months and explains everything to him. 

Once a day the platform descends, stopping at each hole in the middle of the cell for two minutes. During these two minutes the prisoners are expected to eat as much as they can, only getting the leftovers from those prisoners above them. However, this means that by the 150th floors, there is never any food left on the platform, leaving those living on these floors to die, or take drastic measures to survive. Every month the cellmates are randomly assigned a random cell number, and stay with their same cellmates until they die or get to leave. However, no one really knows how many floors are in the hole, and later when Goreng is cellmates with a new woman , one who previously worked for the company responsible for the Vertical Self-Management Center, claims there is 200, but the next month they end up at 202, and many more floors can be seen below them. 

Throughout, “The Platform” is disturbing and sometimes uncomfortable to watch, so it’s not for the faint of heart, or those sensitive to gore. 

 

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