The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ready Player One is a virtual wonder in terms of film to say the least. It's set in the future, 2044 to be exact. Due to massive geopolitical events, city's have been reduced to slums. Most all of the people go into a visual reality world called the OASIS to escape their lives. One of these players is Wade Watts AKA Parzival.
One day OASIS creator James "Anorak" Halliday sends out an announcement that three keys have been hidden inside the OASIS. The keys will open an "Easter Egg" whoever opens this will become the new owner of the OASIS. This leads to a massive influx of players including Wade, his friend Aech, and a young girl they meet named Samantha AKA Art3mis. This contest also attracts corporate raiders who will do anything to gain ownership of this massive world. What follows is a massive battle royal of pop culture action.
Beautiful to watch, and loaded with references from the 70's and 80's the film is definitely something to see. I enjoyed seeing The 1966 Batmobile, The Iron Giant, and The Delorian from Back To The Future. With that said I really didn't enjoy much else.
The film, for me at least was overly complicated plot wise. Not saying it didn't make sense it was just dragged out to the point of ridiculousness. Now keep in mind I am not the world's biggest sci-fi fan and I've never read the novel this is based on so the tone of the story was not as interesting to me as it would be to fans of this genre.
The film however is a thing of beauty, so I have to recommend it based on that alone. Parent's, like myself will get a kick out of the old movie reference's and no doubt all will be amazed by how well the effects in this look. I can say Warner Brothers has done a tremendous job on the transfer and it looks and sounds amazing. Nothing looks any less amazing on the small screen on your home entertainment set up.
If your into gaming and sci-fi this is definitely one for you to pick up. If you just want to be virtually amazing this is a good one to watch as well. I will say it does make for a good family film.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars