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. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.


Spielberg along with screenwriters Zac Penn and the original book's author Ernest Cline do a decent job of bringing it's 80's reference-crammed plot to the big screen in a way that's enjoyably thrilling rather than tiresomely knowing.

While the pop culture nods range from being presented up front and centre to 'blink and you'll miss them' easter eggs and it's often spotting the latter that is the most satisfying.

A solid cast and busy but impressive special effects add to the fun even if things get a touch corny towards the end.

Hardcore fans of the books may balk at the changes that have been made (significantly regarding the trials that make up the quest aspect of the plot) but seeing what they choose instead is just as entertaining.

It may lack depth perhaps but this is superior blockbuster entertainment.

By Kevin Knapman

Ready Player One (12A)

2h 20m

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke

UK Release: Thursday 29th March 2018

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