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Ready Player One Review – A High Tech, Action Adventure, Thrill Ride

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Ready Player One, from Amblin Entertainment, presents a high tech, multi-dimensional, thrill ride as the new world order pits the independent gamers against the corporate developers in the ultimate quest to find three magical keys that unlock the future.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah-John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch, Clare Higgins, Laurence Spellman, and Perdita Weeks along with a strong supporting cast of talent. Ready Player One was written by Zak Penn and Earnest Cline based on the novel of the same name.

Ready Player One begins in Columbus, Ohio in 2045, with voice over by Wade played by Tye Sheridan, who explains key information necessary to bring the audience up to speed on the current state of life. As it is, the details are key and more so when viewing so for the purpose of this review.

Wade, who created a private space for himself in an old trailer, where he can become Parzival, an "old school" cool guy, as the rest of the world is lost in the virtual reality world of the OASIS, a place where you can be anything. Life is yours for the crafting, new identity, new face, new gender, virtual hero or badass rebel, the virtual reality world makes it possible.


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The OASIS, the land where all VR interactions take place, a superhighway of AVATAR's, living life from the living room of the stacks also has a super lottery.

For those who can solve the riddles and figure out how to implement them during the challenges, the original developer, Halliday, played by Mark Rylance, the creator of the OASIS upon his death he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

In order to find the egg, three magical keys are needed. Traveling through the OASIS with Parzival, we meet his buddies, Aech pronounced "H", played by Lena Waithe, a super warrior, with a tough exterior who dispenses common sense advice so if ever the two worlds meet, the real person won't meet his main nemesis from the OASIS.

Gearing up with all the challenger Perzival who drives the Back to the Future DeLoren, is gunning the engine, when a vision pulls up beside him, maybe it is the way she controls that bad boy bike or the way she matches his skill, or just her choice of AVATAR, red hair, futuristic, cut waist. The race ends as it always does with Parzival getting close and wiping out.

Today, he takes Art3mis, played by Olivia Cooke, to meet Ache, and to help her fix her bike that was destroyed.

Halliday, who recorded his entire life, in lifelog style where every moment was recorded, allowed the true searchers to access information by a word search. Soon he wins the first challenges and tell Art3mis, and Ache, who tells his two best friends, Sho, played by Philip Zhao, and Daito, played by Win Morisaki. Soon the chase for the Easter Egg, which has been a pastime for the developers is now Number One priority for everyone.

Ready Player One is a fast action explosion into the VR world with an homage to great films, classic directors, all of which has stood the test of time, and in 2045 after plagues and superbugs wipe out a good portion of the population, what was entertainment and made the world, laugh, freak out, cry, still in 2045, does.

Spielberg created two worlds, the VR eruption which with all its high tech gizmo's and gadgets is a gamers paradise, the creativity behind the film is awe-inspiring and the 2045 live action world. He marries the two and creates a masterpiece.


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The live action world has both, the harshness of over-population and lack of housing and the never ending tap of monies available to anyone remotely associated with technology.

For a director who has always been considered a visionary, his vision of the gaming future may not be that far off, as the world is addicted to screens now, with the freedom to become, to escape ones lot in life or the burdens or pressures just a headset away, becoming a AVATAR allows for freedoms without conviction.

Spielberg has seasoned with enough 1980's and 1990's references that it becomes a game to see where the films he has produced, directed or directors he respected will show up. While the cast is remarkable, it is a Steven Spielberg show.

His talent, especially in the VR world, the high tech weaponry, cyber toys, gaming decks, all the challenges of virtual reality and he introduces life in VR. Stunning colors, vivid neon's, a polarized world of bright, vibrant colors, and reality that has lost is shine.

For anyone who has ever taken the VR ride, Ready Player One brings the virtual reality world to this cataclysmic apocalyptic battle as the two worlds are set on a collision course.

Ready Player One, a high tech Sci-Fi action adventure thrill ride and fun for all, is in theaters everywhere. See it.

 

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