The Platform spoilers follow.
Spanish thriller The Platform has been a big hit on Netflix since it launched on March 20 and proved to be extremely timely.
Set in the Vertical Self-Management Center, AKA "the hole", The Platform follows voluntary inmate Goreng as he attempts to survive his six-month stint, where the only sustenance is a platform of food that moves down through the levels each day.
But is The Platform a one-off or is there potential for a sequel? We're about to head into spoilers, so look away now if you haven't seen it yet.
Each month, Goreng is assigned randomly to a different level and eventually takes it upon himself to change the system.
There's enough food for each level, as long as everyone only takes what they need (hi, timely social allegory...), so he embarks on a dangerous quest to ensure a message is sent to the administration running the hole.
At first, Goreng and fellow inmate Baharat believe that the message will be ensuring a luxury panna cotta gets back to the top level. But when they meet a young girl on level 333, they realise that she is the "symbol" they need to send back.
Baharat dies from wounds he sustained in an earlier fight and Goreng knows he can't go with the girl, so he gets off the platform and the next time it arrives, the girl gets on and travels all the way to the top.
We don't actually see the girl reach the top or how the administration reacts to her arrival, so the scope is there for a sequel to The Platform.
Most of what we learn during the movie about the hole turns out to be untrue, such as how many levels it has or the fact that, apparently, anyone under the age of 16 isn't allowed to enter the hole.
We also don't really get much information about why the hole was set up or what its purpose is. Goreng's first level-mate Trimagasi was imprisoned there for killing someone, but Goreng goes in voluntarily to quit smoking.
Imoguiri, who worked for the administration, tells Goreng that the hole was essentially a social experiment to create "spontaneous solidarity", while Goreng believes the opposite is true and if solidarity happens in the hole, the higher-ups would know how to stop it on the outside.
A sequel to The Platform could act as both a prequel exploring the origins of the hole and a sequel about what happens when the girl reaches the top level.
Equally, we only get a glimpse of the various levels in the hole and how differently people react that you could have an unconnected sequel, just with a new protagonist finding their way through the mad world of the hole.
Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia hasn't yet commented on whether there could be a sequel to The Platform, given the mysteries it leaves unanswered and the open ending.
However, we feel that a sequel is unlikely right now as The Platform feels like it was made as a one-off. To understand the movie and its setting, you don't really need to know the whole backstory. Mind you, that's what they said about Cube (two sequels and counting).
We're also not sure we want to see what happens to the girl when she reaches the top as the majority of The Platform, before its moment of hope at the end, is fairly bleak and scathing towards human nature.
Would the administration see the error of its way and close the hole when they see the girl? Or would it be more likely that they'll just work to find a way to not make it happen again?
The opportunity is there for a follow-up to The Platform, but for now, a return to the hole is unlikely.
The Platform is now available to watch on Netflix.
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