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2018, Dystopian Future

READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A book of the same name by Ernest Cline
Writers/Script Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Additional Info Ernest Cline is also known for being the writer of the pretty awful Fanboys.
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Hannah John-Kamen
Elevator Pitch In 2045 much of the population of Columbus Ohio live in the “Stacks” a vertical trailer park, and spend a lot of their time in OASIS an immersive video environment, where many people, including the numerous employees of a conglomorate, are searching for the three keys which will give them ownership of the game and the vast fortune of its creator. We follow the fortunes of a young man and his on-line friends as they take part in the game and overcome the evil opposition. But as they become more successful so the danger to them in the real word increases.
Content Numerous set pieces in the video environment which often resemble the sets of films, one assumes because they are imagined by the participants. Time spent in the on-line archive where the participants can view scenes from the life of the creator of Oasis. Occasional visits to the real world, the Stacks and the corporate offices and establishments of the evil corporation.
A View Well, I remember the 80s, the era featured in the game, quite well but still many of the references eluded me, and people laughed at stuff I completely missed in the screen where I saw it. I kept being reminded of something as I watched the characters playing the game (in the real world) and overnight it came to me – The Gunmen of the Apocalypse episode of Red Dwarf. In the end I don’t think it is quite the masterpiece it is purported to be, but like the book, probably enjoyed by a younger audience.

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