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The Platform (2019)

El hoyo (original title)
TV-MA | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 March 2020 (USA)
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A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. One only food platform and two minutes per day to feed from up to down. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Massagué ... Goreng
Zorion Eguileor Zorion Eguileor ... Trimagasi
Antonia San Juan ... Imoguiri
Emilio Buale Emilio Buale ... Baharat
Alexandra Masangkay ... Miharu
Zihara Llana Zihara Llana ... Mali
Mario Pardo ... Amigo de Baharat
Algis Arlauskas ... Preso
Txubio Fernández de Jáuregui Txubio Fernández de Jáuregui ... Jefe de Restaurante (as Txubio Fernández)
Eric Goode ... Sr. Brambang (as Eric L. Goode)
Óscar Oliver Óscar Oliver ... Cocinero
Chema Trujillo Chema Trujillo ... Preso Nivel 5
Miriam Martín Miriam Martín ... Presa Nivel 5
Gorka Zufiaurre Gorka Zufiaurre ... Preso Síndrome de Down
Miriam K. Martxante Miriam K. Martxante ... Cocinera
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Storyline

A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity. Written by yusufpiskin

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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$592,765
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final level is 333, half of the Devils number 666. Indicating that you are half way to hell in the pit. See more »

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at 28:11 the Trimagasi's right hand is on Goreng body but in the next shot his left hand is, and again in the next shot his right hand is on Goreng's body. See more »

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Goreng: [narrating] There are 3 kinds of people; the ones above, the ones below, and the ones who fall.
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Substantial and Compelling Allegory Horror
20 March 2020 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

On a day of such big VOD releases like "The Hunt" and "The Invisible Man", the spirit and nature of "The Platform" pleasantly surprised me, truly. Netflix has scored a good one here, an intelligent, creative, dystopian Spanish horror cinema piece that has something to say, even if it's not exactly new. If You have enjoyed "Parasite", "Us", "Snowpiercer" or other thematically similar movies, this is a top notch companion piece.

"The Platform" introduces us to Goreng, a good man with a strong moral compass & the place where he will spend many months, a challenging and corrupt place. That place can be best described with the official synopsis: "A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. One only food platform and two minutes per day to feed from up to down. An endless nightmare trapped in The Pit." And a nightmare it is. We spend the hours, days and weeks with Goreng as he lives through many humanity's challenges, agendas and natures and through a system that mirrors the messed-up'ness of our own world, politically and socially. Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is having a blast delivering a well-aimed allegory about the alarming and real inequality of our society, he has succeeded both philosophically and cinematically. The cast, every one of the characters, does an impressive job bringing this parable to life, with good character writing putting the dot on i. "The Platform", set in such a grim and claustrophobic environment, is visually pretty imprevise, well done cinematography, both practical and digital effects and just provides a high-tier overall look. There's a fair amount of violence as well, of the no-cheese kind. Last but not least, "The Platform" is carried back and forth with an atmospheric and effectively subtle original score.

"The Platform" is as substantial and compelling as it is entertaining, in the 90 minutes there's enough interesting themes, characters and twists to get kicks out of. Smaller flaws include slower pacing in the second half, an ending that, I imagine, might feel too open for some, but all in all it's a horror movie worth seeing. My rating: 8/10.


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