Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Platform: A sci-fi, dystopian Spanish film that highlights inequality

The Platform is a Spanish film directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. This sci-fi thriller/horror focuses on the dystopian aspect of the capitalist society. It revolves around inequality and emphasizes the need to maintain unity and harmony in the real world. This film wants to put the viewer in place to think about how they would behave in solitude without family and friends across different situations concerning the outside world.

a great man who is sin-ridden can only be a great sinner, the wealthy man who is not generous…will be a miserly beggar. The owner of wealth is not made happy by owning it, but by spending it capriciously, but by knowing how to spend it well.

About the film

The Platform shows differentiation in the treatment of the rich and poor. The people on the upper levels of “the pit” are provided with more food, whereas the people in the lower levels are provided with less food. It symbolizes the importance of maintaining solidarity. It’s easier to have harmony on level 6 but equally difficult on level 201. The director has highlighted the issue with the help of food given to the prisoners.

This movie is a bundle of low comedy, political allegory, left-field twists, crowd-pleasing surprises, spectacular violence, sadism, and altruism, all wrapped up in a high concept horror movie. There are a lot of phenomenal genre films that come out in Spain, but only a few movies travel internationally. Urrutia wanted to communicate the class struggle that has acquired a deep structured stereotype in the brains of people.

Role of the actors

Iván Massagué Horta, playing the lead role as ‘Goreng’ in the movie, aims to rectify the deep-seated cycle of inequality. He, being gaunt and vaguely christ like the protagonist, wants to break the social norms of the society and ensure equal distribution of food to the prisoners in the pit. Zorion Eguileor, as the unsparing ‘Trimagasi,’ plays the role of being Goreng’s roommate. Eguileor delivers an amazing performance as the film’s graceless id. The platform refracts its organizing principle of disgust through a kaleidoscope of grossness that makes even the most basic human functions barf-inducing.

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