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Ready Player One

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7.42 h 19 min2018X-Ray12
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Directors
Steven Spielberg
Starring
Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen Mendelsohn
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AdventureActionScience Fiction
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Lena WaithePhilip ZhaoT.J. MillerWin MorisakiHannah John-KamenSimon PeggMark Rylance
Producers
Donald De LineKristie Macosko KriegerSteven SpielbergDan Farah
Studio
Warner Bros.
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Foul languagefrightening scenesviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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TRReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Teens save the world...again
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It is clear the audience found this film enjoyable and are placing it in cultural context. Apparently from a book steeped in gaming culture. I picked up the cultural references generally, but oddly found the heart of the film rather depressing/ cynical. The gaming world being much like a graveyard/ wasteland of culture, where kids dress up in the corpses of all our precious memories of childhood and the arts. I did not find that cute at all. (Did you see that virgin advert with a mountain of mashed up characters from TV and film? well in felt like that. A little nauseating) The worst offender of which was the very bizarre sequence in which the child like cartoon gamers of the present are placed in sharp CGI contrast with the ADULT content of 'The Shining' (which is of course watered down for adolescent consumption.) I found my self rather mournful for the degradation of this vivid film. CGI cartoon Neophytes VS 1970's adults is weird to do! The Shining was an educational film for many people's development as adult viewers and as filmmakers, and it was poorly used here.
There are a lot of films about teenagers and children saving the world out now.. so many??? And this is another such fantasy product. At its heart if felt rightly cynical to outline the ruthlessness of corporate reality underlying the present youth's everyday reality. It is present in most products they buy and interact with and there is no allusion in this film that these companies are ethical in any way, so they become the cardboard bad guys in this story. The gamers the heroes of freedom of some kind? Or the inheritors of some corrupted and violated landscape of freedom. The myth is of of the gaming world as' invaded' by the corrupting business community, not built and run by them. Though these issues exist in the real world the resolution of this plot is again relegated to the world of excessive fantasy though, as with all this bandwagon of films, this victory is of no real social relevance being impossible and improbable. I find myself wondering what film the 1970's would have sculpted from such a plot? Would there be a resolution that was grounded in the real social world somehow, and had some real teeth to it? Instead of giving young people fantasy solutions to real issues, that flatter their egos and really achieve nothing real. They remain as good little consumers. The plot here is Mr WW handing over the chocolate factory to Charlie once again. That is lovely, but is not the answer, because it will never happen kids! I liked how the creator of this gaming world was a very melancholic fella. It was as if he had himself given up all hope of his fantasy world solving anything important. I really hated the 'awful' cheesy ref to Terminator 2 film, but that was cheesy 'before' so I will let it go!!
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turnipboyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film - there's even a free VR version of the Oasis on VivePort!
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I thought this was a great film - actually one of the best I've seen in a while. Yes, it's your typical American big budget film but there's lots of stuff I really enjoyed in it - action packed with Virtual Reality, computer games, cheesy bad guys, some incredible CGI and actually quite an in depth story - there's even some romance in there to keep the misses happy!

I haven't read the book but many people have said this film doesn't do the book justice. If that's the case then the book must be amazing and I'll have to read it at some point. Unfortunately, this is often the case when books are made into films, with time being a massive constraint and parts are either vaguely covered or omitted entirely. Look how long the Lord of the Rings films are!

I think in the not to distant future Virtual Reality experiences will be similar to what's portrayed in this film, which is a really exciting concept. There are already companies working on Haptic suits and gloves etc.

For anyone that has an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive you can experience parts of the world from this film in Ready Player One: OASIS beta which is available for free on VivePort (Oculus users can now access this too!)
11 people found this helpful
gmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's good not great
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It's a good film, has lots of pop culture references, however I don't know whether it was just me, but I never really got invested in the main characters. It seemed like it was trying to be epic, had a hint of Tron, but never quite got there. Unfortunately another reminder that Speilbergs best work is probably behind him. It's good not great
8 people found this helpful
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Take the Blue Pill Already
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I didn't expect much of this film and so was very pleasantly surprised. The storyline is obviously game-related, but I found it readily accessible, even as a non-player of games - since original DOOM, that is. Maybe it's aimed at younger people, but most of the references seemed pretty grown-up to me. I especially liked the 'Room 237' scenes - it was actually pretty mind-blowing. I am giving it four stars within its genre, because it did everything it said on the tin and a bit more besides, but it is a bit childish. Acting was fine - considering it's not Shakespeare - and the sound, photography and special effects were top notch.
There is a slightly 'dark' side to the film and that is the apparent willingness of many kids - even grown-up ones - to lose themselves in fantasy games rather than interacting in the 'real' world. It smacks a bit of The Matrix, but this time it's their choice - the red pill or the blue pill - and most people willingly take the blue in order to escape the hassles of life. However, we all do this to a certain extent, whether it's reading, watching movies, listening to music or playing games. We all harbour a wish to escape it all - somehow - so it's difficult to judge, and it isn't just a 'kid' thing.
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Henry C FoxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great alternative to a great book.
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Now this was one of those films that was on at the cinema as I was reading the book and subsequently I missed it first time around. Now it's on Prime I thought I'd give it a chance.

Plot: It's the near future and due to economic and actual war we're in a dystopian world where a virtual reality simulator (the Oasis) offers the best escape from everything that is bad. It's creator Jim Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies and on his deathbed creates a contest, 3 gates in three challenges all linked to Halliday's past. Anyone who beats all three challenges will be made a billionaire immediately and be given control of the Oasis. After two years no one has beaten the first challenge. Then a young student, Parzival (Tye Sheridan) figures out something about the first challenge on the back of something a fellow competitor named Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) says and the game really begins!

Pros:
Acting - We've got a cast of up and comers and character actors and they all do a great job. Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke are spot on as Parzival and Art3mis. T.J miller brings the humour in a new baddie IROK, alongside true nasty Ben Mendelsohn.
Visuals - Just, wow! Far better than Avatar, most of the film is in CGI but it's fantastic, the race at the beginning with King Kong.... oh my!
Nostalgia: Whether you played on an Atari 2600, liked Gundam or enjoyed Halo, if you pick your music, toy, game film of the 80s, 90s and 00s - it's probably in here. The Delorian from Back to the Future, check, MechaGodzilla, check, a weaponised Chuckie doll, check (the latter probably one of the funniest moments in the film).
The emotional pitch: This is a story about gamers and the future, but it's more than that. It's about who has that power and what they do with it (Halliday's Gregarious Games vs the sinister IOI) and also about how we hide our real selves, when all that is really good is reality, where you can actually take the chance to get the girl... this film delivers on that front.

Cons:
- The book: Yeah as other reviewers have mentioned this version does detour very heavily from the book, like within the first 15 minutes. But most importantly the feel is right, the rough structure is still there and Mark Rylance as Halliday does an amazing performance of Jim Halliday, allowing you to understand that the Oasis was created so he could escape from reality and what that ultimately meant for him, which is a key construct in the book. So, while I would love to see a more beefed up version, Spielberg's vision is still a great film.
- Softening of the storyline: Again, akin to the book complaint, the book is a tad more gritty, indeed one of the main heroes doesn't make it to the end. This leads to us having Sho, the 11 year old boy, who literally has no plot line. I can see why they softened it though to get the 12 rating.

Recommendation: Notwithstanding it being a fantastic film with great visuals, this feels like a Spielberg film should do; jam packed with action and fun for all the family. I would also say, that if you were a child of the 70s and 80s or a consistent gamer for the past 40 years, this is so stuffed with nostalgia..... the room got a little dusty for a while. A must see.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very enjoyable movie.
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All round a very good film. Brilliant special effects. A good story which fit in with the tone of the movie, I will say however the villains story arc was a little basic and can be seen in any number of films, not very original, unlike the rest of the film.

To summarise, give it a watch it just might surprise you 😊
5 people found this helpful
Quinn AgathoniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than the Book
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I'm a writer. I think this is the first time I've ever said a film is better than the book (not counting novelisations of course). You know what? I liked the book. But that's the difference see? I LOVED the film.

Even worse. Simon Pegg is usually my least favourite actor but in cases like this, I change my mind. Here, he was brilliant. More to the point, so was Lena Waithe as H as well as the stars, Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan and even the Oology experts. In short, it was very well acted.

As for production, it included both the author of the book AND Steven Spielberg, so brilliance in that area kinda goes without saying but I'm gonna say it anyway. AwwwweeeeSUM!

Loved it? Not Arf!
Davidson ReviewsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Interesting Take On The Future Of Virtual Reality
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As I am in my final year for BA Digital Art and Technology, I bought this to see if I could use any scenes for my dissertation research. While I didn't reference this film specifically in my work, I am still glad I watched it. I wrote a paper on how people can become detached from reality because virtual reality is so realistic so I'm pleased to see this film explored that problem.

The visual effects are stunning and very well done. This goes the same with the sound mixing. The story is interesting, but has some parts are either unrealistic or stupid. All the actors in this film were good and I enjoyed their performances. Whether you're interested in virtual reality or not, it's a good film to watch.

For parents, this film does have some dark scenes in it which might be inappropriate for children.
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