The Platform movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This movie may be an exceptionally-made metaphor of the worst of humans, but it’s extremely violent and incredibly intense. The Platform is a dystopian-future horror-thriller with a very interesting concept and an ending that takes time to process.


A vertical prison. One cell each level. Two inmates per cell. Only one food platform descending from above, leaving those below to starve. A horrifying experience in The Hole.

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Movie details

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Cast: Iván Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay, Antonia San Juan
Writer: David Desola, Pedro Rivero
Release Date (Australia): 20 March 2020
Runtime: 94 minutes/1h 34m
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The film contains depictions of murder, cannibalism and a dead dog being eaten.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains gory depictions of people being stabbed, decapitated, hit over the head with poles and a man’s throat being slit, accompanied by large sprays of blood and explicit gore detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “bastards”, “crap” and “damn”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief nudity in the form of brief frontal male nudity, male buttocks nudity and female breasts nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains sexual references in the form of implied sexual activity and a brief depiction of a man implicitly masturbating.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

In incredibly gory, disturbing and darkly twisted ways, The Platform is really just a giant metaphor of social class and it’s one of those movies that shows the worst of humanity. It’s an exceptionally-executed, highly clever and extremely intense 90-minute dystopian-future horror movie that’s held together by five main characters, excellent performances from all and ends so thought-provokingly, that makes it worth watching even more than just once.

The first line in the movie tells you all you really need to know; “There are three kinds of person: those at the top, those at the bottom, and those who fall”. It’s very quick to set up the idea that it’s set in a science fiction-future vertical prison, with one cell per level and two inmates per cell. As the title suggests, the centre of both this film and this prison is a platform, where food is placed and descends from the top to the bottom, often privileging the cellmates at the top and starving those at the bottom who are left with nothing.

It’s much easier to call this movie a thriller rather than a horror, because it’s much more intense than actually terrifying, but it does an effective job at delivering each of those thrills and shocks. It’s all because the entire atmosphere is very dark, violent, unsettling and discomforting, while you’re never able to predict what’ll happen next or who’s going to be viciously attacked at any minute.

But one of the highlights about this movie is the fact that it’s a metaphor, often of social class privileges and how horrid humans can be, even if it’s for their own survival. This concept is delivered perfectly. The only real turn-offs for a lot of people will be the despicable cruelty and violence, the somewhat slow-pacing and the ending may be too convoluting for some.

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