A new Netflix film has captivated audiences around the world.
The Platform was added to the streaming service late last month but was released at the tail end of 2019.
The Spanish-language thriller-horror is set in a large, tower-style prison, called a 'Vertical Self-Management Center'. Inmates are spread across several floors of the building and a slab of food routinely gets lowered through each level.
Naturally, people at the top are greedy and eat what they want, leaving people at the bottom with virtually nothing. No one is allowed to hoard food and have their rooms heated or frozen until they die if they are caught with food.
Every month, inmates change floors.
"A rebellion is imminent," the Netflix synopsis says.
Since its debut on March 20, viewers around the world have been taking to social media to share their thoughts on the film.
One person wrote on Twitter: "Netflix's The Platform depicts how the society now is working. People in the lower level of the social class are being oppressed by the superior/powerful ones. Solidarity will help us survive, but not everyone is eager to cooperate."
Another added: "The Platform on Netflix if you want to see the real ugly face of humanity, and how f***ed up the levels of social classes we have. Mind f***er. 11/10, wouldn't recommend for those who hate open-ended movies."
A third said: "The Netflix movie The Platform just shows how s***ty society is and how equality doesn't exist in places where everyone strives for what the people think they deserve. You can't expect people to thrive in a system when the system is broken in the first place."
The film stars Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale Coka and Alexandra Masangkay.
Before it landed on Netflix, it premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness.
Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia says the movie is meant to deliver a message about the wealth divide across the world.
He told Cineuropa: "At a certain point in time, humanity will have to move towards the fair distribution of wealth. And it also offers many ideas and more hidden readings on why it's so complicated to do so.
"It explores why we're all so selfish and - while we're offering a simple and populist critique of the capitalist system - the film doesn't stop there; it appeals to our responsibility as individuals, as it has to be the individual who takes the initiative."
The Platform is available to stream now on Netflix.
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