WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Platform, now streaming on Netflix.
The Platform is a sci-fi and psychological thriller that wades deep into classism and elitism. It follows Goreng (Iván Massagué), who enters the mysterious Pit for a six-month study to earn a diploma involving studies of the human psyche. This tower consists of various levels with a majestic spread of food being sent from the top to the bottom on a moving table by the elites and their chefs. It’s up to each level to determine what should be left for below, thus it tests the compassion and empathy of society.
However, Goreng soon realizes the ultimate response would be to show the elites that mankind can stop killing each other and end the greed enjoyed by administrators of the Pit. He and his new level-mate on Level 6, Baharat (Emilio Buale Coka) bear arms and head down, warding off anyone trying to eat until Level 50 where they’ll start rationing food, as they know these levels have suffered. But as they descend, they discover a young girl who seems to be the answer to their overlords’ plans, although her identity and how she got there remain a mystery.
Goreng has been through hell in the Pit, bumping from various levels, including the bottom where he barely had anything to eat and even had to kill people. He ate the flesh of some of his victims to survive, which is why he and Baharat believe if they send one pristine dish back up, in this case, it’s panna cotta, it’ll show the elites the people aren’t the monsters they’re manipulating them to be.
But as they fight off inmates to get to the bottom, they’re badly wounded after Goreng estimated wrong. He thought there’d be 250 levels but it reaches 333. They get off but the table with the plates heads down even more. They’re shocked because they have no clue what’s below but everything changes here when they meet a young girl. Goreng passes out from his wounds and has a fever dream with Baharat telling him the girl is the new message. When he wakes up, he finds Baharat dead and begins to believe she serves a higher purpose.
Earlier, Goreng was saved from his cannibalistic level-mate, Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) by a crazy inmate known as Miharu (Alexandra Masangkay). He’s told she was looking for her daughter who was trapped in the Pit but no pregnant woman can enter, nor are kids allowed, which is confirmed by another level-mate, Imoguiri (Antonia San Juan), Goreng gets later on.
He trusts her because she was the person who admitted him and she’s now in the Pit as she has terminal cancer. She simply wants to spread decency amongst the inmates and remind them they can be kind. However, when she hangs herself after losing faith in people, Goreng’s hope begins to fade too. He meets Imoguiri on the next level but witnesses inmates killing her, and as he breaks mentally, he thinks she’s found peace. But with the girl now coming to light on 333, Goreng is adamant Imoguiri wasn’t crazy — this really is her daughter.
She’s fed the panna cotta because she’s hungry, with Goreng believing she’s the true message for the chefs. Sending her back up top will prove how resilient humanity is, and it’ll show no one killed her as they believe in kids being the future. He takes her with him when the table arrives and they leave 333, heading down to the bottom of the Pit.
There, he hallucinates Trimagasi, with whom he had a lot of philosophical conversations. Trimagasi was in for manslaughter but they did form a bond, so when he tells Goreng “the message requires no bearer,” Goreng gets off and lets the girl head back up alone. It’s a pretty vague ending, though, because according to Imoguiri no pregnant women could have been here or even tried to raise kids with all the inmates around.
At this point, one has to wonder if she’s all in Goreng’s head as it seems he’s dying, walking off into the afterlife with Trimagasi. Maybe she’s blind hope manifesting in his mind because no one knows if she’ll be killed by the elites or even plucked off the table as it speeds back up. Some theorists posited she was a late entry into the pit, sent in as a test to see if the inmates would have killed and eaten her, with those who protected her gaining a shot at being pulled back up. Unfortunately, Goreng couldn’t have gone up even if he wanted to as it’s apparent he dies at the end. Viewers don’t see the girl’s final fate as director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia removed the shot of her on Level 0 to leave it ambiguous and see who’s optimistic and who’s not.
Starring Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale and Alexandra Masangkay, The Platform is currently streaming on Netflix.
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The Platform focuses on a scary tower with inmates fighting for food, but in the finale, there's a strange message in the form of a young girl.