The Platform (2019) Review

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RATING: 4/5

[SPOILERS]

Occupants of a strange facility are given ever-decreasing rations per day, per month. It is up to one man to find the truth behind all of this.

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In terms of the concept and ideas that were showcased here, there was definitely something unique and it was handled greatly. These concepts tied in well with the themes pertaining to the social hierarchy.

The gigantic facility housed dangerous/non-dangerous individuals to test their moral compass. It shows if they are good-hearted enough to ration food for the people below them. It portrays if these individuals will appreciate the levels they are given each month or will succumb to inhumane actions. I love how the facility changes a persons’ level. As a way to show how lucky or unlucky their status was. Now while the test itself, for the most part, was not working well, as many people above will eat as much as possible while leaving nothing for the folk below them. But again, these actions do reflect real-life on many occasions. What the facility was doing was trying to bring peoples’ different ideologies together, but it doesn’t, it rather spontaneously showcased the animal from within.

Performances in the film were pretty good. Although for the main character (Goreng), I do wish he was a bit more emotive in the second half. Though he did well at being weak, down, and someone who looked like they could snap at any moment. The dialogue between the characters was engaging, especially for Goreng and Trimagasi. Their conversations, in the beginning, set the tone nicely for what was to come in the future and it did so.

The tone for this film was dark and gruesome. People who were brought to the lower levels have limited choices on what to do. They can either eat their roommate or can kill themselves. One saw both outcomes and the film doesn’t shy away from showing nasty stuff. There was blood, guts, cannibalism, and literal crap.

In the midst of the grisly nature, the film offered some nice comedy. As I mentioned, the dialogue between Goreng and Trimagasi was very fun to watch. But the one laugh out loud moment was with the character Baharat. He was pleading with the people above to help him up by rope. He climbed up the rope but to no avail as he got crapped on his face. Screaming and frantically going to the sink to wash it off.

The cinematography at times can be very good. The camera would either look up above or down below to show the extreme depth of the facility size. There was a gorgeous shot of the platform lowering past the final floor toward the end.

With the interesting concept and story, there were things that did bug me. I wished the film dived a bit more in the facility and the people who ran it. One only saw the kitchen and nothing else.

For the rope scene, why don’t the people up above escape? I’m fairly certain they want to be free. If they do get to level 0, what is stopping them? One doesn’t see any guards to halt or shoot them. Or better yet, why doesn’t the floor use the sleeping gas to stop Baharat from escaping?

When it came to stealing food, how does the floor know an individual did that? Are there cameras or special sensors that monitor the activity happening?

I said before the facility was gigantic, it was excessively gigantic. There were 333 floors. Why would the facility want to build something that big when a little over half of the occupants die. I mean if the people did ration for those below, not all of it would reach the bottom.

The ending raised eyebrows. It was very confusing and I don’t know what to make of it.

The book “Don Quixoite” made appearances in here and it did tie in with the themes of hierarchy. On how someone in the upper class shouldn’t always be treated with the utmost gratitude and people at the bottom should be treated with respect. I feel there was something else that I’m missing, but I’m just not getting. If anyone can help, please feel free to leave a comment.

“The Platform,” is a Netflix film that one should see. It has good acting, a great concept, nice humor, and it delivers a theme that was handled in a unique/intriguing fashion. The ending was confusing and there were some questionable things going on with the plot. All in all, one needs to check this out as it deals with relevant issues.

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