It’s an unusual time to be a movie fan. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down movie theaters and film productions internationally, the release calendar just went blank for the near future and got a whole lot more uncertain in the distant future. But fortunately, we live in an absurdly robust time of entertainment, and while theatrical distribution may be out for the moment, streaming platforms still have plenty of new content on the docket for the time being. And wouldn’t you know it, Netflix’s The Platform dropped last week and the Spanish dystopian thriller is one of the year’s best.
What’s more, there are more great movies in film history than any one person could hope to watch, which means there’s no shortage of fantastic entertainment to catch up on while we’re practicing social distancing. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best movies to watch if you’re hooked on The Platform and looking for something similar to add to your watchlist.
Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, The Platform takes place within an entirely vertical prison wherein two inmate live on each level. With two beds on either side of the room, there’s a giant rectangle hole in the ceiling and floor of each room, and every day, a giant platform of food descends from the top all the way down to the bottom floor. Those at the top feast well, those in the middle live on scraps, and those on the bottom live and die in despair when the bones are picked clean. It’s a sharp, tense-as-hell thriller that turns class warfare into a literal prison, and in the selections below, you’ll find a variety of films that scratch the same itch. Some are thematic siblings, some share the plot constructs or invoke a similar feeling, but they’re all worth watching once you finish The Platform.