Ready Player One

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

Ready Player One is based on the 2011 bestseller of the same name that became a cultural phenomenon.

In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the Oasis to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-known as the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.

I did read the book and loved it! Some of the story and characters did feel a little weak and knowing the story, there are a few plot holes that are missing or not explained very well.

The entire cast all delivered solid performances. The ease from real-life to virtual was an easy transition and easy to watch.

The virtual world that Steven Spielberg creates is an eye-popping adventure ride, but don’t let yourself get distracted (because it is easy to do) by the 80’s Easter eggs and cameo’s that you will find throughout the movie.  

The film’s soundtrack is a perfect track of great 80’s music that may have you dancing in your seat. 

This popcorn adventure is full of nostalgia and references from pop culture that will keep you entertained the entire time.

RATING: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language

RUNTIME:  140 minutes

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