Are You Ready, Player One?

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For many, the thought of having an entire universe to themselves is, a dream.

In “Ready Player One,” this dream is a virtual reality called the Oasis, where you can do anything, be anything or anyone

The Oasis was created by James Halliday and Ogden Morrow to let people be who they want to be and do what they want to do, but Halliday died a few years after the launch of the Oasis.

In his will, he left a quest: Three keys that would unlock total and complete control of the Oasis as well as a small fortune, hidden in various places. Each time a player finds one, they get a hint on where the next one will be, from  Halliday’s avatar Anorak.

The control of a universe and basically the future of the human race is a great power and responsibility, and because someone with lots of money and power is looking for more power and money, there is a company run by Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), an evil man with a team trying to get all the keys.

Although Sorrento has a lot of money and power, Wade (Tye Sheridan) has experience in gaming and a passion for not only James Halliday’s work but the Oasis itself.

He races alongside his virtual friends Aech (Lena Waithe) and Samantha (Olivia Cooke), to find all the keys, down Sorrento and responsibly rule the Oasis.

“Ready Player One,” directed by Steven Spielberg, is a terrific movie, and, while I don’t like the title that much, it does make sense, since it references an arcade style start screen, and the film also references older movies such as the 1985-1990 “Back to The Future” series and 1980’s “The Shining.”

Other references to 80’s music that gives the movie an arcade style and tone, though the technology used to operate the Oasis is much more advanced than a joystick and button.

The technology ranged from a laser guided face scanner, to an X1 full experience body suit and even virtual reality goggles, as well as Cisco Ramon’s multi directional treadmill.

This gives the movie a pleasant twist, along with some humor to pull the plot itself together nicely. For instance, it only costs 25 cents to buy and operate the Oasis (not including in-game purchases, these would cost real money).

There is quite a bit of foul language, but the rating is PG-13 and the places where the language occurs is mostly appropriate. I’d recommend it for kids 11 years and older, for two reasons: one is the language, but also, the movie seems aimed towards people familiar with older music and references and a level of scientifically understanding.

It doesn’t really make sense to go see a movie you’ll only understand half of..

But “Ready Player One” is a terrific movie. Combinations of references from different times, characters of many voices, as well as music from well-known artists and some of the most realistic animations I’ve seen make for a great way to spend two hours and twenty minutes.