“The Platform” Review

In here it’s eat or be eaten


Isabel Nemeth, Editor


Initially released on September 6, 2019, “The Platform” just recently became popular within the last couple of weeks hitting Netflix’s top 10 chart in the U.S. today. The movie depicts a tower-style prison in which a platform filled with food descends every day to feed the inmates. Every month the inmates are transported to a random level in the prison. Those at the upper levels have a wider selection of food and get the chance to gorge themselves while those at the lower levels merely have the scraps and leftovers of the many people before them.

While the director, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, left a lot of the movie’s scenes to be open for discussion, one thing that most people can agree on is the main portrayal of greed. There is some speculation as to why the prison works the way it does and the general consensus seems to be that it was built this way to reform the people who do time in it. If everyone only ate their portion of food, there would still be enough for all of the people at the lowest levels. Of course this is not the case and the inmates must cope in various ways to survive. 

I would give this movie a 9 out of 10. It was beautifully directed and taught many life lessons in only an hour and 30 minutes. The only reason I did not give it the full 10 was because of the many unanswered questions it left me with.