The Platform (2019)

The Platform (Gaztelu-Urrutia 2019)

The Platform is lean, mean machine of a film. It is built around a deceptively simple premise. From that, the film explores fun and fundamental questions about social control, the social contract, and how to accomplish social change in a rigged social structure. A testament to accomplishing so much with a limited budget and artifice. Gaztelu-Urrutia is a director to watch out for.

The Platform
It Comes at Night (minor)

TOPIC INDEX – The Platform (Gaztelu-Urrutia 2019) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
3:45 – Discussion begins
3:46 – Subtitled vs dubbed films
7:05 – Don Quixote and the question of biblical references
10:56 – Further down the Jesus rabbit-hole with John 6:56
19:00 – Book, knife, and puppy
32:18 – Structure vs agency
35:30 – What if the system can’t work?
41:44 – Capitalism commentary
47:35 – Social change from a brutal structure
51:44 – The kid and a thought experiment on social control and the social contract
1:01:33 – Cohesive message or lack thereof
1:03:09 – Grading the film with the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Horror Film Social Responsiblity
1:08:00 – In the Jesus weeds

Related Episodes

It Comes at Night (Shults 2017)
The House that Jack Built (von Trier 2018)
The First Purge (Demonaco 2018)

Recommendations for other films
Snowpiercer (Joon Ho 2013)
The Belko Experiment (McLean 2016)



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Episode 56

horror, social control, violence, hunger, cannibalism, Jesus, force, survival, socialism, solidarity, social contract, Hobbes, capitalism, false consciousness, religion, Don Quixote, Cervantes, social change, social structure, structure vs agency,