Ready Player One
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The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.
Wade Watts is a smart but disenfranchised young man who, in the real world, doesn’t seem to have much going for him. But in the virtual universe of the OASIS, his avatar, Parzival, is confident, brave, resourceful and very skilled. In both worlds, he devotes almost every waking hour to trying to win Halliday’s contest, preferring not to 'clan up.' But he soon discovers he cannot win on his own and joins together with his friends to save the OASIS and their world.
In the OASIS, Art3mis is a legend among the other Gunters for her kickass style of play. She is tough, fearless and very driven. Her real-world identity is Samantha, who has a personal stake in seeing that the mega-corporation IOI does not win control of the OASIS.
James Halliday is the brilliant but eccentric creator of the virtual universe called the OASIS. When he passed away, he left his immense fortune and total control of the OASIS to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. Halliday’s avatar, the wizard-like Anorak, oversees the contest
Aech is Parzival’s best friend in the OASIS. He is a towering figure who is half-man/half-machine, reflecting the fact that he is a genius mechanic who can fix anything. But in the real world, Aech turns out to stand for Helen, an African-American woman who is just as loyal and as cool as her avatar and just as good a friend to Wade.
Nolan Sorrento is the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), the second largest company in the world. But Sorrento isn’t settling for being number two. He will stop at nothing to win control of the OASIS, which will give him virtually unlimited wealth and power. He will do whatever it takes to make sure Wade and his friends don’t beat him...just as they will do whatever it takes to stop him.
Ready Player One (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack) (BD)
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s estseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a reakneck, realitybending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger]]>
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Maybe enough time had past, or maybe it was just a solid film, but I really enjoyed it, as did my wife (who isn't particularly into gaming, but did appreciate the 80's references). I'm sure some others who read the book will nitpick and find things to complain about, but dont get it wrong, this is a well made, quality film with some subject matter that is just waiting to happen in our near future - none of it is particularly far fetched. Fun, light watch, with great references throughout (Batman, Halo, Overwatch, and many dozens more).
Ready Player One's movie version has the same basic premise, same characters, and to my surprise, the same messages. Having Ernest Cline cowrite the script was definitely a good move in that regard, a way to preserve the essence of the book in the midst of a remarkable number of changes. Major events in the book are often omitted from the movie. New events are added, and order of events is often different. Despite that, I had a lot of the same reactions to the movie as I did to the book.
The movie is a visual feast, but it also does a great job of addressing issues like the danger posed by corporate greed and the need for balance in one's life.
The movie appeals to the nerd in all of us in much the same way the book did, though interestingly a lot of the pop culture references have been swapped for others, I assume in some cases because of rights issues.
The relationship between Wade and Samantha is well handled. There is also an implicit comment on the problems of relationships that exist only online.
The movie is not without its flaws--no human product. That said, the good qualities far outweigh those flaws.
I went into this movie blind. Only looking at the overall total score that reviewers were giving the movie. I was shocked when (very soon into the movie) I realized that the book and movie were going to similar almost in name only. It's really hard to put into words how let down I was initially. But after finishing the movie you sort of realize how difficult (maybe impossible) it would have been for them to make a movie based solely on the book. With this in mind I try to think of the book and movie as two 100% different things. Not basing judgement off of one because of the other.
If you enjoy action/adventure movies and lots of nostalgia mostly from the 80's and 90's with other generations sprinkled in, you'll enjoy this movie. I'm excited to watch it again and really happy this was even made. Overall really great family fun movie. 3.75/5.
Yes, this is a completely different story from the book...and I, for one, am pleased about that. Turning an 8 hour story into a 2.5 hour one will require some editing and usually bad editing at that, but instead of chopping the book up, the author, Ernest Cline, co-wrote the screenplay and started from scratch; rewriting the entire story to be more visual than cerebral and making it more for general audiences instead of just nerds and 80s buffs.
Consider this movie to be a parallel universe of the book where the same people make different decisions and this is the new outcome. I love the book and now this movie is my favorite. Worth owning just for the pop culture Easter eggs alone, but with a great story and wonderful acting, it's just a good investment as a form of entertainment in general. 6/5 stars ;-)