Streaming giant Netflix never fails to disappoint fans when it comes to adding a few “out of the box” movies to its collection. Recently, the latest thriller The Platform has made its debut on the streaming service, and let’s think of it as unlike any other film you’ve probably watched in a while. Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia puts forward a structured idea of food and the extent to which one can reach the top of this endless pit.
The film opens in a prison-like setting known as the Vertical Management Center, viewers are quickly introduced to the Fried students who volunteered to be part of this prison to earn their degrees. On the other hand, we see an old Trimagasi man who, although reluctant at first, seems to start talking to Goreng because they will be sharing the prison for a while. What catches your eye in the first few minutes of this film is when Goreng asks Trimagasi what exactly the people in this ‘hole’ are doing and he responds that it’s all about eating!
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As the film progressed, little did viewers know that these guys would soon use cannibalism to survive, and ‘eating’ took on a whole new meaning as the plot progressed. The story revolves around the somewhat bizarre but highly structured idea of a platform stopping at each level for a short time and those at lower levels will eat whatever is left by the inhabitants of the upper levels. By the time the platform reaches the bottom of the hole. the amount of food left is almost non-existent.
Fans were immediately introduced to another character named Miharu who was frantically looking for his son, the whereabouts of this child were highly questionable in the film. While Goreng and Trimagasi start an unconventional friendship that will not stand the test of time, by the time the film reaches the two eventually become one as if Trimagasi became Fried’s alter ego and guided him down the path of tyranny.
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Notice how he keeps referring to Goreng as his ‘little snail’. This director not only presented gruesome scenes of cannibalism, murder but also said it all when Sr. Brambang said that “the government has no conscience”. A special mention is made of a certain scene in the film where when Goreng and Baharat try to get down at the bottom, they are showered with money! The man who lived above them took a lot of money with him and ended up staying useless.
The whole concept of money not buying you food when you need it most to escape says a lot about society and how the whole structure works. By the time the film reaches its climax end, Goreng makes a shocking statement when he finds a little boy at level 333 who is finally revealed to be Miharu’s missing daughter!
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In the end, both Baharat and Goreng realized that there were more levels than they had counted. Because Baharat almost lost his sanity while saving Panna Cotta as a “message”, however, they reluctantly gave Panna Cotta to the boy. Baharat immediately succumbed to his wounds while Goreng woke the little girl and carried her aboard the ship as they descended at the bottom of the endless pit. As both have achieved At the very bottom of the hole, Trimagasi appears in the hallucination of Goreng and asks him to leave the boy alone “The message doesn’t need a carrier”.
While the idea that the girl was actually the ‘message’ was well established, he immediately took to the stage in the end. When the girl ended from where it all started, it seemed like no one on the platform had survived the endless circle of capitalist monstrosities. However, capitalism is not the idea of plot operations but the idea of racism, administrative failure, and how survival can force a person to commit acts of tyranny.
With Goreng’s future highly questionable at the end of the film, some might say that he may have lost his sanity en route and the only person guiding him is Trimagasi. Fried, can not bring a significant change but become one with its own vices. The situation for Fried in the end is similar to that of the popular character Don Quixote, who also lost his sanity in the end. (Watch how she reads books to Trimagasi throughout the film.)