Although the main component to make "Ready Player One" the pop culture epic it's become was the OASIS itself, not as much of the real world was shown to portray real world problems.
Batman, Chucky, Iron Giant, hang on this list is getting long! Even Batman gets his due. Of course the fact that Spielberg, the wellspring of so many '80s blockbuster movies, is himself directing the movie feels like the ultimate throwback reference, as if Alfred Hitchcock had directed "High Anxiety" instead of Mel Brooks.
On one hand, his latest delivers a pulsating and visually stunning sci-fi flick that stuns in an IMAX theatre and entertains for a solid two hours. In the final lap, though, his pedal on the metal slips.
Three-time Oscar victor Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline.
In the original book, the vehicle is a hybrid, including features from Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. and Ghostbusters' Ecto-1. Born after the "corn syrup drought and the bandwidth riots", he spends his every waking moment, like pretty much everyone else in the western world, in the Oasis; a vast virtual reality platform built 20 years before by a couple of programmers afflicted with an nearly terminal strain of 1980s geekdom. Each successful "challenge" nets a contestant a key; land three and you're ready for OASIS.
"RPO" follows the adventures of Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan, Cyclops in "X-Men: Apocalypse"), a Columbus, Ohio-area teen, who lives in an America where want - want for food, want for suitable shelter, want for happiness - represents the norm.
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In the OASIS, teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes Parzival, spiky-haired CGI hero who drives a "Back to the Future"-style DeLorean, complete with flux capacitor". He said that there are three hidden keys to collect in the virtual universe.
Before he died, Halliday designed a contest for gamers.
"It's the most powerful communication tool that we've ever created, but we also use it to isolate ourselves sometimes".
Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation with plans to completely monetize the Oasis, assembles an entire department dedicated to winning Halliday and Morrow's creation. The relation between the real world and OASIS is entertainingly introduced (to Van Halen's "Jump"), and in exchanges between IOI boss Ben Mendelsohn (Nolan Sorrento) and Wade, the feel of fighting for something more can come across. The special effects team create technical marvels, which are as thrilling as going on a theme-park ride. The action scenes will leave you absolutely breathless.
A lengthy sequence set in a pixel-perfect recreation of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining had me cooing with appreciation, but it's hard to imagine your average 12-year-old being quite so awed. It is a sight to behold, not only clever but hilarious and exciting as Spielberg and company insert shots from that classic 1980 film and then let the action go wild. For the most part, he succeeds in recapturing a lot of that magic. As he did with his underrated version of "Tintin", Spielberg keeps the action furious but also rather elegantly staged, whether it's a go-for-broke vehicle race or a zero-gravity dance off.
"Ready Player One" initially offers relatively wholesome escapist fun as the teens careen around the Oasis, which resembles the Las Vegas Strip on steroids. But heed this advice: You'll need more than just one basket to collect all those eggs.