Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi horror thriller ‘The Platform’ has generated tremendous buzz on social media, much of it owing to its gruesome premise. Coming close on the heels of the year’s blockbuster hit, ‘Parasite’, The Platform too leans into the concept of class warfare, inequality of the social scenario and the resultant chaos.
The Platform is a Spanish language film, with a cast that includes Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale Coka and Alexandra Masangkay. It is directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness.
The premise of The Platform is brilliantly unique. It is about a vertical prison, where inmates are housed in cells that are constructed from the top to the bottom in a tower like internment centre. The inmates are fed by means of a huge food-laden platform that travels between the floors. The prisoners at the top get to eat their fill, after which the platform moves to the lower floors, until it reaches the bottom floors. The inmates on the lower floors have to make do with whatever food is left over after upper floor inmates have eaten.
Initially, the platform is laden with food, enough, apparently, to feed all the mouths present in the prison. But that never happens, as greed and gluttony take hold of the upper floor inmates, making them grab more than necessary, while the lower floor inmates scrounge, fight and even kill, to get hold of leftover scraps. Some simply die of starvation.
The trailer is full of horrifying imagery, of people beset with madness owing to hunger, eating paper, and even resorting to feeding on a man’s body to satisfy their hunger. One man tries to change the system, but does he succeed? The film is a terrifying satire on social mores, bringing out the darkest side of the human species. The trailer is equally chilling, with the disturbing sound effects and background music adding to the feeling of foreboding and paranoia.
The logline for The Platform reads:”In a prison where inmates on high floors eat better than those below, who get the scant scraps, one man tries to effect change so everyone gets enough.”
The Platform premieres on Netflix on 20th March 2020. Have a look at the trailer of the movie below –
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