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Published on April 9th, 2018 | by Kevin Given


Review: Ready Player One; Steven Spielberg strikes again!

Incredible! This film encompasses just about every facet of sci-fi/fantasy genre film making imaginable, then rolls it up into an amazing action adventure experience. This film also does for ‘80’s popular music what Guardians of the Galaxy did for ‘70’s popular music. As of this writing it is the number one film in America!


The movie is set in 2045 and the plot centers on the most progressive video game ever, OASIS, created by James Halliday/Anorak (Mark Rylance.) The idea of the game is that the player must find 3 keys in order to complete the scenario and win the game. Average geek Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) joins the game, which most of the planet is obsessed with, also the entire human race can plug in and play. The film delivers a non-stop shot of adrenaline as Wade hooks up with various players on the way. Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) is the chief antagonist and CEO of innovative on-line industries who is willing to do anything to win the game.


It’s good to see Steven Spielberg back in top form as a fantasy/sci-fi director, which, after all, is the genre he perfected back in the ‘70’s. Other than the BFG, which was critically acclaimed but failed to generate much box office magic, he hasn’t directed a genre pic since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He proves to all his original die-hard genre fans that he’s still got it as it was difficult to look away from the screen and the action never slows down. Both in the real world and the OASIS game, it’s hard to stop and take a breath.


There are great performances throughout and everyone is top notch in their roles and we have some great innovative FX that we haven’t seen before. There are some neat twists in the game as the creator has bent over backwards to make this game difficult to win and the player has to know the creator as well as the game to figure out the right move in certain places. There’s also an Easter egg to figure out, as if the former weren’t enough. I’m definitely going to see this one many more times ***1/2 (8.9 rating)


Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg. Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Screenplay: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline

Based on: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Tye Sheridan

Olivia Cooke

Ben Mendelsohn

T.J. Miller

Simon Pegg

Mark Rylance

Music by: Alan Silvestri

Production Company: Warner Brothers; Amblin Entertainment; Village Roadshow.


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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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