The Platform

‘The Platform’ is a Netflix original 2019 Spanish horror film titled ‘EL Hoyo’, then translated and dubbed over to English. ‘The Platform’ is a multilevel vertical prison with a giant hole running down the middle. Each floor contains two prisoners. A platform descends through the prison starting with floor one all the way to the last floor, the platform is covered in luxiourious foods such as lobster, escargot, wine, etc. Each floor only has a certain amount of time to eat as much as possible before the platform goes to the next floor, it’s only around a minute. You can’t keep anything off the table, if you do the room will heat up to boiling temperatures or freezing until you throw the item down the hole back to the platform. Once the food runs out it runs out, the lower floors are out of luck. Normally food doesn’t make it past level 52. It is unknown how many floors there are but it is speculated over 250. Many of the lower floors have to murder their roommate in order to survive. The prisoners spend one month on their floor then are randomly shuffled to another floor. One new inmate is determined to change this system.

Being a Spanish film, naturally it stars an all Spanish cast. Ivan Massague, Antonia San Juan, and Emilio Buale Coka, star in this film.

I hate giving away things in films, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. There is a political message behind this movie, which I won’t go into. This film is insane from start to finish. It is gory, brutal, and has you saying WTF the entire time. The acting is brilliant, the story is original, and very well executed. This is a gem on Netflix and a must watch. I give it a 9/10


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