Ready Player One: A Short Review
The world we live in today allows for us to be able to live in an alternative world where almost anything is possible, a VR (Virtual Reality) world. You can put on a headset and immerse yourself in something away from the outside, "real world". Something that's entirely simulated but will also give you some sort of escapism.
Ready Player One from Director, Steven Spielberg has perfected the idea that the two worlds can overlap and have damaging consequences. This film is almost like a feature length version of one of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror episodes, the idea of "the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."
Following the protagonist, Parzival (played by Tye Sheridan) we journey into the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), a virtual world full of the world's population who can earn money and in-game rewards by battling through different game modes. The principle, as featured in the trailer, follows the narrative that the late creator of the VR game has three hidden keys within three hidden easter eggs in different areas of the OASIS. If a player finds all three keys, they will win control over the OASIS and the fortune that comes with it.
I won't go into anymore detail but the premise of this movie reminded me of the same excitement I got when I first watched Brewsters' Millions. The passing of a man, leaving his fortune to someone who completes a tough challenge, or challenges in this case.
Ready Player One is beautifully made. The OASIS is spectacular and I'm sure there is a game reference everyone can relate to in the movie. For me, it was Overwatch with the recurring appearance of Tracer, a core character from the game.
My criticisms with the film start with the bad guys, IOI (Innovative Online Industries) who seemingly got away with a lot of illegal activity before the police finally deciding to arrest them at the very end. For most parts of the film, I was confused, thinking that they were in fact a policing body (based on their appearance) or that the law just wasn't accounted for until the very end of the film. It frustrated me as they seemingly just left this until it was convenient to bring them in.
I also wasn't a fan at how long it took Parzival to put a key into any of the locks, given the real-world time issues he was facing. It felt like the film was deliberately stalling for some reason and it just didn't feel right.
Other than that I genuinely loved this film. I would quite happily sit back, relax and watch it again. It has such a modern feel to it, the art style, the story-telling and subject matter it covers. I go back to my Black Mirror reference to the what the world could be like "in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy". I think that sums up this film perfectly.
I highly recommend watching this movie if you're into video games. I'm sure they'll be a reference you'll love. I've given it four stars for it's storytelling, acting and art style. It's not a film I think I would want to watch again anytime soon, but certainly in the future!
Also I forgot to mention, the soundtrack is flipping awesome! Watch the trailer below!
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