The 9th Soul

Movie Review: The Platform (Netflix)

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on March 25, 2020

Just watched The Platform. I saw it as a thinly veiled interpretation of Jesus and his promised Second Coming. This is for those who are confused about the story or the ending.
Spoilers beyond this point.
1. The protagonist, Goreng, resembles Jesus in what many thought he looked like. This will be important later on.
2. The first man he meets is the Devil who teaches him everything he needs to know about the human world and its filth. Goreng would rely and sometimes fight against his words throughout the film. Think of him as the Devil who tried to tempt Jesus during his 40-day fast, or Virgil during Dante’s descent.
3. The part where Goreng eats him and the spirit of the old man tells him that “I am part of you and you are part of me” is the Devil casting doubt on Jesus.
4. The part where he meets Miharu is the symbol of Mary. She was looking for her child = the gospel where Jesus was lost and Mary and Joseph were worried until they found him inside the temple. She is also the symbol of Mary Magdalene, which will be important later on.
5. The cancer-stricken woman with a dog is an angel. She has hope in man, so she tries to persuade them to change for the better. Her attempts bore no fruit until Goreng said something to the people below. She noticed the effect Goreng has, calls him a Messiah, and offers herself as a sacrifice so he can live.
6. She also mentions the Administration, which is simply the symbol for Heaven.
The people in the hole don’t believe the administration / Heaven cares, but it’s shown that the head chef (God) was angry at one of his “angels” about the food not being perfect (the scene where one strand of hair was found on the panacotta).
The food is a symbol of God’s gifts to mankind, and that if everyone treated everyone equally, there will be enough for all. However, the movie also shows that Heaven has no idea how things work on Earth, and that humans have become greedy and selfish.
The first part where Goreng takes an apple and causes the room to get hot = the time when Eve took the Apple from the forbidden tree and were punished with mortality.
7. The part where Goreng is contemplating on eating the cancer-woman is joined by the “spirit” of the woman and the Devil. They urge him to eat so he can survive, but both have different motives. The woman always referred to him as the Messiah while the old man called Goreng the same as he is.
8. Goreng’s black friend is the symbol for Christian martyrs. They were martyrs and missionaries who died for spreading his word. The black man was losing hope in salvation, but Goreng (Jesus) said to believe in him and join him as they go down (to Hell), because the only way up (to Heaven) is down (through Hell).
When the black man was “shat on” by the people above, it symbolizes how missionaries and martyrs who want to spread the word of God were treated poorly. They only want to go up to heaven (he wants to climb up with a rope), but the way there is filled with horrors and terrible human beings. This is what the Bible meant as going to heaven through hell.
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
On the way down, Goreng said that all people need to do for salvation is one day of fasting. This refers to the Holy Week (where you’re supposed to fast on Good Friday).
9. The man in the wheelchair was the symbol for priesthood and the first disciples of Christ. They served as guides to missionaries in lands that don’t like Christianity. The panacotta being the message = the Bible. The black man died because he tried to protect his beliefs/the Bible.
10. At one point, Goreng and his friend were beaten up. This is because they’re at the point in hell where all the horrible sinners gather, where hope is nowhere to be found, and only death surrounds them.
Remember how Goreng looked like Jesus? In this part, with his face bloodied, Goreng resembled Jesus as he carried his cross and has he was crucified. Beaten, bloody, tortured, and near-death.
11. When they reached level 333, that’s a cheeky way of hinting Hell, 666.
12. The descent of the platform is when Jesus descended into hell to liberate the souls of good, but unbaptized people like those in the Old Testament (Moses, Abraham, David, Adam, Eve, Abel, Cain, etc.).
13. It was also at the bottom where they found The Child. The Child is a girl, which can be interpreted two ways:
First, it could be a political statement against the Vatican for not being fair to women who want to serve God as priestesses or even female cardinals (or popes).
Second, it could also be because the producer believed that Jesus had a child named Sarah through Mary Magdalene. So, the scene where Goreng and Miharu had sex = when Jesus and Mary Magdalene conceived Sarah.
14. The Child ate the panacotta. Remember, the panacotta is the Bible. The Child eating the Bible = The Child and the Bible are one and the same. “The word was made flesh”

The Child is also untarnished, untainted by cannibalism and sin. Miharu wasn’t there to find her child, but to make sure some food reaches her child. This is further strengthened by the fact that The Child is not malnourished.

The Child was also found at the very bottom, which means Jesus sacrificed his place in heaven to dwell with the sinners in Hell.
15. At the bottom of the hole, Goreng is convinced by the old man (the Devil) that because the child is the message, she does not need any bearer. It was dark, but Goreng no longer feared the dark. This is the part where Jesus, while on the cross, no longer feared for his life and believed what God intended for him.

Essentially, this part tells us that the Devil isn’t inherently bad, but rather a necessary part of God’s plans.

16. The platform going up with The Child = The Second Coming of Jesus. The film ended with a blank because it’s yet to happen, but it leaves the audience with this core message: Jesus is coming.
Alternatively, The Child could also be a sign for God to finally take man back to Paradise, long after Adam and Eve caused the Fall.

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