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Issue: Autumn 2018

Ready Player One (2018) movie review

Game On

In a dystopian Earth where life is dominated by two monolithic games corporations, Wade aka Perzival (and friends) join the virtual adventure race to claim ownership of the most popular virtual universe - Oasis.

The clues are hidden in a virtual storage centre where Oasis' creator's life is available through every frame ever taken of him, and every piece of his beloved pop culture archive was stored. Of course, his pop culture is movies and video games. In order to win the ultimate prize and own the game corporation gamers must find and decipher the clues hidden in the archive.

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Movie poster, Ready Player One
An adventure too big for the real world.

READY PLAYER ONE is a combination of live action and 3D CGI animation. Aimed at the teenaged audience, the point of view is that of a teenaged gamer, and ultimately this is a coming-of-age film.

Is it a bit obvious? Yes. But it is a hymn to what millennial gamers might consider their roots.

For older gamers this is a "spot the reference" chase, for teenagers an action adventure, and for the rest of us a harmless flick.

Although READY PLAYER ONE uses the "quest" format, the payoff is so obvious and so thin that there is no Epiphany. There is no emotional roller-coaster. There is no whoosh of relief, no catharsis. So, if you skip watching this film your life will in no way be impoverished.

Your kids can watch this without supervision, but you might want to use the time elsewhere.

Australian release 2018-03-29


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review by Ali Kayn
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Just the facts:

Title: Ready Player One (2018)
Written by: Ernest Che(scr, novel); Zak Penn(scr)
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Running time: 140 mins
Rating: M (Australia) PG-13 (USA)

The Players: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Official website: Warner Bros
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