Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.
The film is set in the year 2045, when much of humanity, escaping the desolation of the real-world, uses the virtual reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for a large company, run by Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.
I read the book back in 2011, so after seven years there isn’t much of the original book I remember. But I would see this before reading reviews. Firstly, there is a lot of eye candy. And despite being 2:20hrs long, it had good pacing.
The first third of the movie is dominated by popcorn CGI of the Oasis and it’s difficult to sympathize with the characters. It isn’t until the last third that the characters work and the drama pulls you in.