THE PLATFORM may feel relevant but it’s extremely obvious in its use of metaphor. One character (Zorion Eguileor) has a catchphrase, responding to every passing comment of his cell mate (Iván Massagué) with a derisive “Obviously”. “Obviously” could be this film’s motto. In a “Vertical Self-Management Centre”, people – some prisoners, some volunteers – are randomly assigned a floor through which a platform laden with food and drink descends. Each floor consumes the leftovers of the one above until the lower levels are forced into desperate measures to survive. Aside from the odd witty line (commenting on one inmate’s chosen furry companion, “In here he’s more sausage than dog”) and some gruesome and gross out visuals, this is only entertaining in passing and despite director Galder a-Urrutia’s natural eye you can’t see this lasting as a social-satire-horror even in cult circles. The Platform was never going to be an alternative to PARASITE. It’s not even CUBE. SSP
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