If you are an avid fan of online role playing games, there’s a huge chance you’re gonna love Steven Spielberg‘s latest creation “Ready Player One”. If you aren’t, the story is exciting and easy enough for non-gamers to follow as it had tons of popular cultures references. The movie which combines real live cinematography as well as animated one, tells the story of a young guy named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) who had a pretty shitty real life, except when he logs into a virtual game called OASIS. In that virtual world created by Jim Halliday (Mark Rylance), Wade gained new friends and was on a mission to find a hidden treasure that the game’s creator had hidden inside. With his avatar named Parzival, Wade made friends in cyber space with Aech, Art3mis, Sho and Daito. Even though they have never met in real life, they work together to break Halliday’s code to find the Easter Egg in OASIS. They are up against an online technology corporation called IOI led by Nolan (Ben Mandelsohn) who also wanted to find the egg. Whoever found this egg had the right to own Gregorious Gaming (OASIS’ company) and ruled OASIS which had the worth of half trillion US dollars. To be able to find it, the player must be able to go through three challenges that OASIS had set and these three weren’t easy.
Set in the far future of 2045 when earth was about to collapse, the game OASIS was just like an escapade and truly an ‘oasis’ when the reality fell apart. This premises might be simple, but the games, the riddles and the challenges weren’t as simple as that. Written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline who based the film on Cline’s novel of the same name, the audience were taken on an amusing journey of a person who had nothing that turned into a person who gained everything. In a 139 minutes long duration, we weren’t bored of gluing our eyes to the screen and it is a good sign of directorial, writing, and visualization. The soundtrack for this movie was also chosen well as classic hits from Duran Duran, Bee Gees or Hall & Oates were present. The only problem we encountered was the love side-plot which might seem a little bit forced and actually could be left out entirely. Other than that, “Ready Player One” made us want to play in OASIS ourselves! Watch the movie as it is now being screened on theaters near you.