Get your senses ready for a pop culture overload.
Ready Player One is an adaption from Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name and Directed / Produced by Stephen Spielberg, where in the year 2045 humans escape from their real world into the virtual reality ‘game’ called the Oasis (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) created by the late programming genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance) and former business partner and only friend Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg).
Set in the year 2045 the Oasis is a virtual world in which players can create their own utopia, having their own avatar and bringing in anything that they can imagine from the real world. Within the game players will amount (or lose) virtual coins. This enables them to cash in on beteer gear to play with in many of the virtual stores found in Oasis (much like an RPG).
A young player called Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) with his eventual friend and Oasis legend, Art3mis / Samantha Cook (Olivia Cooke) begin following the breadcrumbs left by Halliday in the Oasis to find three Easter Eggs. Three keys, which when found will allow the holder of the three keys to own the Oasis.
After Halliday’s death, he left clues to the whereabouts of the three keys in this ever expanding virtual Universe.
Initially players joined the Oasis specifically to find these keys, but as the years went on the interest subsided and players just began playing the game, or any game that they created within the cyber world.
Wade, desperate to escape to escape his troubled home life (most players entered into the Oasis to escape reality) works out the cryptic clues left by Halliday and begins his adventure for the keys.
But, of course, he is not the only one.
A former intern of Hallidays, Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), CEO of Online Industries (IOI) also seeks the Easter Eggs (keys) using an army of debt incurred players called Sixers.
Nolan is scrupulous in his company’s quest for the keys, wanting to gain full ownership of the Oasis for IOI and completely monetize it.
Ready Player One is a mix of real world and CGI and portrays a totally immersive and beautifully generated game world.
There are so many pop-culture references from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and present Scifi, horror, comics, video gaming and Spielberg films. So much infact that you’re likely to only notice a portion of them in a first watch of the film.
Ready Player One is film that you will not see just once, it’s one that you will want to see over and over and in years to come will be a pop culture classic in its own right, much like other Spielberg films.
Five stars is not enough for Ready Player One.
Running Time: 140 MIN
Genre: Action, SciFi
Director: Stephen Spielberg
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Letitia Wright
Production Studio: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Amblin Partners, De Line Pictures, Access Entertainment, Dune Entertainment]
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures