The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.
Of the film’s visual effects,