2019 | Dir: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Wri: David Desola (also story), Pedro Rivero | Spain

Screenshot from Platform

Platform is looking to be the next Netflix film that still doesn’t feel like a feature film. I can’t put my finger on it, but something’s off with every film I’ve seen there.

Anyway, Platform has an ingenious premise. An interesting take on the much superior Snowpiercer, we have a prison in an undisclosed time and country, where prisoners, in couples, stay on a floor of an infinite-storey building for a month. At the end of the month, they wake up on another floor. What makes things worse, though, is that the only sustenance they get is delivered via a rectangular floating slab as it makes its way down the hole on each floor. As you can guess, for those in the lower floors, the amount of food on that slab gets smaller and smaller.

A pretty nightmarish scenario, that plays out with unadulterated gory horror. And you find yourself asking a lot of questions about … well … what the hell is going on. However, it soon became obvious that not even the filmmakers have a clue beyond this premise. So what you get is another boring addition to the torture porn genre.

Yes, it’s smarter than most, but fundamentally this is a by-the-books gorefest that doesn’t really add up to much. The socio-economic subtext about those who get the lion’s share of the goods, who also sometimes literally shit on those below them, is interesting but it is too obvious to be of any value.

If this were a short film (or a music video), we would have been in the presence of a surefire classic. But as it is, it’s just an idea that has been stretched too far, too thinly.