“The Platform,” directed by Galder Gaztelu-Ursutia

Movie, 2019

Allegorical, almost religious science-fiction about a man who essentially subjects himself to a cut-throat, authoritarian nightmare. Debauchery, gore, cannibalism and a very un-English regard for canines abound, though while they’re played for horror, scenes at the beginning of film are constrained and only introduce an element of gratuity when the full horror and madness become apparent. A hint of over-acting here and there and a puzzling ending are a little disappointing, though in places, the film’s rhythm and feel pull the viewer in entirely. And this, rather than the heavy handed plotting rather crammed in at the end of the picture give it a real strength.

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