"The Platform" is not a subtle film.
This also applies to the approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that triggered a lot of screams and pauses from your hosts on the podcast "Original Content". This also applies to the thematic material. Around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you will hit your forehead and say, "Oh, it's about capitalism."
The new Netflix The film takes place in a mysterious prison with two prisoners on each level (they are changed randomly every month). Once a day, a platform with delicious food is lowered through the prison. If you are on one of the top levels, feast. If you're below, things are much darker and can get pretty gruesome over the course of the month.
"The Platform" is a difficult film to go through and it has other flaws like an irritatingly mystical ending. But it is certainly memorable and even admirable in his commitment to fully research both the logistical and moral dimensions of his premise.
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