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Ready Player One (2018)

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When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Zak Penn (screenplay by), Ernest Cline (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tye Sheridan ... Parzival / Wade
Olivia Cooke ... Art3mis / Samantha
Ben Mendelsohn ... Sorrento
Lena Waithe ... Aech / Helen
T.J. Miller ... I-R0k
Simon Pegg ... Curator / Ogden Morrow
Mark Rylance ... Anorak / Halliday
Philip Zhao ... Sho
Win Morisaki ... Daito
Hannah John-Kamen ... F'Nale Zandor
Ralph Ineson ... Rick
Susan Lynch ... Alice
Clare Higgins ... Mrs. Gilmore
Laurence Spellman ... Lame Tattoo Guy (Reb)
Perdita Weeks ... Kira
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Storyline

In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who 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. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS. Written by Warner Bros.

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An adventure too big for the real world See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Two cast members have appearances in the X-Men universe: Tye Sheridan, and T.J. Miller. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, a policeman gets back into the left hand drive Columbus Ohio police vehicle on the right hand passenger side, incorrectly its black steering wheel is seen, indicating that the police vehicle is not left hand drive. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: Get ready for the feel, the real of real. X1. No pain, no gain.
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear till about 10 minutes into the movie See more »

Connections

References Rodan (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Polymorphia
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by National Philharmonic Orchestra (as The National Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Leonard Slatkin
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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The book might be better, but the references work better on screen
14 March 2018 | by CobertNeedeSee all my reviews

Ernest Cline's fast-moving novel was a treasure trove for pop-culture junkies, but the endless references work better on the screen.

The year is 2045; the place is Columbus, Ohio. Our hero, Wade Watts, fills in the details while climbing past his grungy homes of his town, "the stacks," where trailer parks are piled on top of each other sky-high. Things are so miserable in Wade's world, everyone escapes to play in an immersive virtual reality game known as the Oasis. Its founder, James Halliday is worshipped like a god until his death some years before. However, before he left the mortal world, the creator left behind a series of games that would reward the winner with the prize of the keys to his virtual kingdom.

The book was a fast paced adventure that took its time to geek out on all of the 80's pop culture references but the film doesn't do that. . Spielberg doesn't have Wade (the titular character) talk audiences through it, and he doesn't spell out the references, he just quickly stamps down the Delorean in the middle of a action sequence and then continues onward. Fans can pause it frame by frame and analyse it thoroughly looking for the flux capacitor on the dashboard, checking the plates, and scanning for extra bonus material. Even to people who've never seen the Back to the Future movies and aren't vibing on the connection, the car doesn't need explaining. It's just a sleek piece of visual energy, one breathless element among dozens of others. That's why the movie works better than the books in terms of visual style and nostalgia.

The thin plot and the not so well done shallow characters make the film to be just a pop culture reference filled visual treat. Several plot holes( If movement is required to move an avatar in the game, how do people play in the Oasis while standing in their living rooms?) and a non-existent character arc makes it a fun, but a tangible watch. They're all already heroes, the big bad is evil from start to finish.

The story's breakneck speed, it's never ending references, make it a fun, exciting watch.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ready Player One See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,764,050, 1 April 2018

Gross USA:

$137,690,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$582,890,172
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2.39 : 1
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