THE PLATFORM

Foreign films are usually a hit or miss for me, but, every now and then, I will stumble upon a gem that I can’t seem to shake out of my head.  Last year, it was PARASITE, this year, it’s THE PLATFORM.

The film opens inside of a kitchen, where delicious foods and baked goods are being prepared. Everything from steak and lobster to pasta dishes and a variety of cakes and cookies. We cut to what looks like an ordinary prison cell, but after a few minutes, we learn that this is no ordinary prison.  We meet Goreng and Trimagasi, two inmates sharing the same cell.  Goreng has no idea what is going on, while Trimagasi has more than enough information that hides within these walls.

The prison has over 250 floors and 2 inmates per floor. Right in the middle of the floor is a gaping hole which allows a table filled with food to be transferred to each floor.

Now, here is where the terror begins.

The inmates are given 2 minutes to swallow up as much food as they can. After those 2 minutes are up, the platform then drops to the next level, for other inmates to devour. So, if you’re closer to the top level, your bound to get a good start and eat pretty much anything, but if you’re in the lower portion of the cell, well then you could easily starve.

Wait, there’s more.

The inmates are to remain in their room for one month. After that month, they are gassed and put somewhere else in the prison. So, for instance, they could wake up and be on level 9 for a month, but then after that month, they could awake on 166. Which ironically, it seems only fair to allow everybody to get a piece of the pie. But, for some inmates, cannibalism, murder and even suicide are other options in this dark, vile and twisted nightmare.

From start to finish, I was hooked. The characters are wildly interesting, the cinematography is flawless with a mixture of blue’s, green’s and red’s. It’s a bit claustrophobic, but what do you expect from being locked in a prison cell for 90 mins with some disgusting people? I found myself in awe quite a few times, knowing that for some, it’s not going to end well. The film has it’s fair share of violence and gore, but what stuck out the most was the music. It’s tensely beautifully scored.

I cannot recommend this film enough. My only complaint is the ending. The film comes to a complete stop and I wished the director either extended the ending or gave a better explanation, other than that, it’s a surreal thriller.

Some scenes may be hard to stomach, but overall it’s a film you won’t forget anytime soon.

THE PLATFORM is now streaming on NETFLIX.

Posted by Jonathan Hughes

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