Action, thrills aplenty in Spielberg’s latest release
choose to be anyone they want to be, cannot die or be harmed and limited to only their imaginations, why would anyone choose to live anywhere else?
The year is 2045 and the world looks like one giant junkyard, especially Stack City in Columbus, Ohio, where the main character, an orphaned teen, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), who lives with his aunt, enters a virtual world called the Oasis, a place where educational, business and event romantic liaisons are possible.
The Oasis was created by programmer James Halliday (Mark Rylance), now dead, but contains his avatar Anorak. Before his death Halliday created Easter eggs (special sub-programmes) and made a contract that anyone who can find all three keys hidden in the Oasis will earn the right to control it.
Watts, using his avatar Parzival, is one of the Easter egg hunters, known as Gunters, and forms friendships and alliances to find all three keys. In time, he gets to meet the people behind the avatars and forms a romantic relationship with Art3mis, a teenage girl named Samantha Cook (Olivia Cooke). Watts is found by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) the CEO of a company IOI who supplies most of the virtual reality equipment used to access the Oasis, who wants to own Oasis and therefore wants the keys for himself. When Parzival finds the first key Sorrento attempts to cajole Watts into finding the rest of the keys for IOI but, after he refuses, Sorrento orders Watts’ home (one of the stacked cars) destroyed, killing his aunt and her boyfriend in the process. Parzival and his friends are collectively known as the High Five, and they help each other in an effort to find the remaining keys before Sorrento and his team of IOI fighters take over the Oasis I have not read the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline (who was one of the co-writers of the screenplay) but according to the movie’s critics Spielberg did not follow the original story very closely.
Still, the movie is a visual treat, reminiscent of Walt Disney’s Tron Legacy, and in this sense it is well worth watching. The storyline is fairly easy to follow but apparently does not explore the personal life stories of the characters as does the novel.
If you are a teenager (at heart) you will undoubtedly enjoy Ready Player One, but anyone who enjoys a good adventure movie will also get a kick out of it.