The Platform

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Disturbing violence and gore in brutal horror movie.

NR 2020 94 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 17+

Interesting but intense

This movie is not for the faint or hearts. I'm used to gory movies but this one is another level of it. It can seem like a lot but the movie's message wouldn't pass the same way if it wasn't. The violent scenes and the disgusting ones are supposed to show how horrible humans can be when they're survival is in danger. This movie is a big metaphore of capitalism and of the wealthier taking too much and leaving nothing for the lower classes who need to fight for scraps. There is a bit of nudity and there's one sex scene but it's not highly explicit. Characters smoke and drink but it's not a big part of the movie and consomation is not at all glorified. You should not watch this movie with your kids because it can be really disturbing even for and older audience. It's really good but hard to watch.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Brilliant social commentary

This film is a brilliant social commentary piece, the platform is symbolism for a capitalist system and Miharu’s daughter is symbolism for a person who is unaware and hasn’t experienced the socialisation in society which can be argued leads people to become docile and complacent within the injustices they face. The people at the top of the platforms symbolise the rich or the bourgeoisie whilst the middle to lower classes are unaware and complacent of the injustices they are facing. The protagonist has a revelation regarding the capitalist system - that if everyone had equal amounts of food, everyone would be able to be fed. It’s greatly educational and thought provoking and can lead to such brilliant discussions and dialogue (even if you don’t agree with the message) - yes it’s violence heavy and contains some bad language however if your teen is able to handle violence this is a great piece for them.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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