Movie Review: The Platform (2019)

Title: The Platform

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Actor(s): Ivan Massague, Zorion Eguileor

Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes

Rating: C-

Recommended?: No

What a disappointment! The premise of The Platform is great- people trapped in a futuristic prison with different levels are sent a platform full of food that diminishes as it progresses downward- but the execution was… not great. Not even good, unfortunately.

Goreng (Ivan Massague, in an underwhelming performance) shares a cell with a creepy old man (Zorion Eguileor) and apparently ol’ Goreng has entered this hell hole by choice. Because… um… he wants to quit smoking and read Don Quixote? Okay, there were probably easier ways to do that. Each prisoner can bring one object with them.

Goreng brings the book. Trimagasi (the creepy old fuck who probably ate people BEFORE he was starving) brings a big-ass kitchen knife. That should probably tell you what you need to know about these characters. Trimagasi is very philosophical and thinks society is weak and life doesn’t have any meaning, so why shouldn’t you do whatever the fuck you want?

People despise those on the lower levels even though they’re in the exact same situation for some of the same reasons. They piss and shit on the food and stamp on it so it’s disgusting when the people down below get it. This serves as a not-so-subtle social metaphor where Goreng believes in the goodness of people and has that goodness continually challenged. The characters in this movie didn’t make much sense to me.

There’s one lady (Antonia San Juan) who is also in the prison voluntarily because she worked for the system before and feels like she needs to do her penance. As her ‘one thing’ she brings is her pet dachshund. Yeah, I’m pretty sure bringing a wiener dog to an environment where people are starving and savagely violent was not the smartest decision she could have made. You can probably imagine what happens to that dog. *sigh*

The cannibalism stuff is way gratuitous, and the script lacks any notion of subtlety. The themes were just shoved in your face like the viewers are dummies who couldn’t identify a message if it smacked them in the back of the head. The soundtrack is annoyingly repetitive, and the acting is mostly poor. I didn’t care about any of the characters. Goreng and Baharat (Emilio Buale,) the man he teams up with later on are good people but their characterization and acting feels flat.

The ending was also disappointing, and I had a lot of questions that were left unanswered by the writers. This surprisingly got pretty good reviews, but I think people are cutting the poor execution some slack because the premise itself was actually ingenious. This is the kind of movie that I hope will get remade someday with better-quality everything. I would watch the hell out of that movie.

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