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Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance

Rated: PG-13  for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: March 29, 2018 Released by: Warner Brothers

The script for Ready Player One moves so freely from reality back and forth with avatars in a program that has taken over the lives of citizens in a dark destroyed future.

Often it is difficult to determine which is true reality as the characters slip in and out of a program, called OASIS which has everyone under control. The storyline may be a special effect adventure or a warning for all those folks who do not appear able to put down their phones and other devices which deliver information.

OASIS is the brain child of James Halliday played skillfully by Oscar winner Mark Rylance who at his death released a message which challenged his many followers to solve a series of complex puzzles involving three keys. The first to properly complete the journey will be awarded ownership of OASIS.

The problem is that all films of this style must have a very dark villain here it is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) who heads a corporation who uses 101 as its logo. Throwing big money around he controls hundreds of folks who are sent out to break the code and grab control of OASIS. The up and down battles in reality and in the cyber world between Sorrento and Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) who lives in a slum stacked traitor park. Watts becomes known as Parzival as he begins to understand the secrets that Halliday has placed in the program to gain control of OASIS.

Watts is joined with Art3mis, (Olivia Cooke) she swings around the OASIS on a motor bike and introduces Watts to dancing in the air.

Some of the most enjoyable moments on the screen occur as images of past films appear. Watts drives a DeLorean and the red Plymouth from Christine appears in one scene. Also a poster from the first Star Trek motion picture is on a wall in a scene, The Iron Giant plays a significant part in the final battles. The pod from 2001, and scenes from inside The Shinning also play a part in the film. Look for a metallic Godzilla in some of the battles and models of many other science fiction productions.

Ready Player One is filled with excitement and enhanced visual images which sometime are on the screen longer than their value is worth watching.

This is a visual experience, particularly on the XD screen and in 3D that is worth participating in, it is also fun at times but the dark world of the future has been used too ofter recently and very often the battle advantage changes hands rather than resolving in a reasonable measure of time.

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