The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror-thriller film from Galder Gatzelu-Urrutia. It’s set in a tall tower with two inmates per floor. Each floor has a sink, a toilet, and a huge rectangular hole in the middle. A dinner table filled with sumptuous and mouth-watering meals descends from the top to feed the inmates. It may seem like a king’s feast when you’re on the first floor. But when you’re on a floor lower than that, it’s just leftovers. The food becomes less appetizing as it descends and eventually becomes lesser and lesser. Leaving the ones at the bottom with nothing left to eat.
We are introduced to the hole on the shoulders of a tall and enlightened man named Goreng on floor 48. His roommate known as Trimagasi is a realist who has spent a lot of time in the hole. They both have different reasons as to why they’re there and they also have different ways of surviving. While Trimagasi is very Nietzsche in his approach by accepting his animal instincts, Goreng is the do-gooder Christian that gets his morality broken down as he stays longer in the hole. Every inmates’ sense of humanity in this world are tested as everyone devolves to selfishness, violence, and cannibalism just to survive.
The majority of the film lingers on Thomas Hobbes’ theory that man is inherently evil in nature. He wrote that “No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Sure our main protagonist and some of the supporting characters are more concerned about the overall well-being of the others. But other than them, no one else seems to be given a chance to articulate their creativity for the good of everyone or let alone have a reason for being how they are. Are we suppose to just believe that they just devolved on their first day? Are we suppose to believe that they didn’t know how to live properly on the outside world? These are some plot holes that may hinder the enjoyment of some audiences. If these don’t bother you, then you’re gonna enjoy Platform for its thrilling scenes and social commentary on class warfare.
These kinds of films can be dangerous when put into the wrong hands. The next person who may endanger the peace of our society may have come across this film and praise it for being an accurate representation of the corporations and governments that have built our land from the ground up. These are the ones who misinterpret Nietzsche or any other radical philosopher with the sole purpose of making our lives a little easier to live in.
Overall Platform gets a 6/10
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