Ready Player One released on March 29th 2018. The film wastes no screen time, and sets up the basis of the overall plot in the first few minutes in a simple five minute expositional introduction before the title card. In the world of Ready Player One, the oasis, an online VR connected universe of different locations, worlds, and experiences has consumed all of society. James Halliday, masterfully portrayed by Mark Rylance with only subtle hints at his characters presence on the spectrum, created the Oasis and filled it with his favorite pop culture references. After Halliday’s death, he announces via a pre recorded video that there lies a hidden easter egg within the oasis and whoever finds it will inherit the rights and ownership of the oasis. The film takes place five years after this, where only the most fanatic “gunters” (Egg Hunters) remain and large corporations devote hundreds of nameless drones towards finding the egg.
Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts or Parzival in the oasis, a very bland yet cringey protagonist. Watts loves the oasis and all that it offers, instead of feeling like a genuine geek with specific interests - Watts reflects of all of pop culture, making him feel very disingenuous. Olivia Cooke plays Samantha Cook also known as Art3mis in the oasis. Samantha instantly falls for Wade, in a very unrealistically developed subplot. The character’s meet in the oasis, while competing for the egg.
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