Netflix’s newest original film The Platform, directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is an unsettling and unique psychological thriller.

At the beginning of the film, we are introduced to Goreng (Ivan Massagué) and his roommate Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) who explains that they are trapped in a vertical prison in which a platform full of food descends past each level once a day. At level one, there is plenty of food for everyone if people take only what is necessary. However, as the story progresses, we learn that the greed of prisoners on the higher levels means that anyone below them is left starving and desperate, leading them to madness and violence.

Aranzazu Calleja’s score is haunting with it’s almost dissonant sound adding to the already tense atmosphere. The cinematography by Jon D. Dominguez also adds to the unsettling mood, the use of colour being especially notable for its shocking green and red lighting to contrast the overpowering grey tones.

The Platform provides an interesting and necessary social commentary on capitalism and the importance of political change. It is an allegorical representation of human greed and the inequalities of society, inspiring a push towards fairness.

The film is a true thriller. It is violent, dark and has a constant feeling of dread. Although not for everyone due to its brutal nature, it is an incredible watch for any thriller lovers. Yes, it is uncomfortable viewing but this only adds to the greatness of this film. It is a true horror experience that is definitely worth a watch.