READY PLAYER ONE
Tye Sheridan- Wade/Percival
Mark Rylance- Halliday
Simon Pegg-Ogden Morrow
Steve Spielberg says “GAME ON!” with his new Sci-Fi action film, “Ready Player One”.
It’s 2045 and the world’s resources are gone. People work and spend all their free time in a computer based virtual world called the “Oasis”. The Oasis was created by a video game geek named Halliday and his friend and partner Ogden Morrow. Upon his death, Halliday explained he planted an easter egg in the Oasis…the person who can find it would inherit the Oasis and a fortune.
Wade is a kid living in the “stacks” of Columbus, Ohio (a high-rise group of mobile homes) who plays games in the Oasis as his avatar Percival. Percival plays with a team known as “High Five” made up of Aech, Sho, Daito and gaming legend Art3mis. They teamed up to pursue the three keys that unlock the hidden Halliday Easter Egg. The problem is that evil corporate tycoon Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and his army of players at IOI want the Oasis to commercialize it and sell advertising in it for huge $$$. Sorrento was an intern with Halliday when he designed the Oasis but didn’t give him any advantage to solving the clues.
The First challenge was a road race with Percival driving the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” Against hundreds of people in various card and the IOI ninja bikers. The race is fierce and impossible to win with Dinosaurs and King Kong waiting on the course to protect the first key, Percival deduced a clue and found a back door in the race winning the first key presented to him by Halliday’s avatar Anorak. The rest of High Five also obtained the first key placing them all one the leader board.
Sorrento brings in I-RoK (voice of TJ Miller), his virtual contract killer in the Oasis, to find Percival and kill him. Percival makes a mistake on the second challenge proclaiming his affection for Art3mis and telling her his real-life name, this information overheard by I-rok and given to Sorrento. IOI sends an army of drones to the stacks blowing up Wade’s trailer killing his aunt and her boyfriend. Wade has a secret location inside some junk cars in the dump where he plays in the Oasis, this saved his life. Atr3mis gains the final key in a dancing competition with a theme from Stephan Kings film, The Shining, where you had to dance with Halliday’s girlfriend to get the key.
Now the Race is on to gain the final key and win the Easter Egg!
Ready Player One is over 2 hours of pop culture overload and a fun thrill ride. I can best describe it as Tron meets the Matrix. I loved seeing all the different things from movies and Tv from the 60’s through today! If you are lie me you will watch Ready Player One over and over again to see the different references you missed. The only negative I can say about Ready player One is that it is over 2 hours long (144 mins) and drags in spots, but the action and visuals far compensate for that.
Time for Everyone to explore the Oasis and race to the theaters to see Ready Player One!!!
Rating 6/6 VR goggles