“Ready Player One” sends out a message

Hector Martinez, Reporter

The film “Ready Player One” was released on March 29, 2018, and it is based on Ernest Cline’s science fiction, action adventure book “Ready Player One.” It is a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

The movie takes place in Columbus, Ohio in 2045 and almost everyone is playing a virtual reality universe called OASIS.

The main cast of the film starts with Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts who is a teenager that plays a lot in the OASIS. The nickname Watts uses for the OASIS is called Parzival. Olivia Cooke plays Samantha Cook, she and Wade Watts meet at the OASIS and become friends. Cook’s OASIS nickname is Art3mis. Lena Waithe is Helen Harris and she is Watts best friend in the OASIS, but on the OASIS she has a male character called Aech. Finally, Ben Mendelsohn stars as Nolan Sorrento who the CEO of the OASIS, and he is the antagonist of the film as he seeks full control of the virtual reality game.

Watts lives with his aunt and her abusive husband and just like many other people in the film, OASIS is his only escape from the real world. OASIS is where people hang out every day, where they can go to a club or do any other social activities, and where they can do almost anything except eat, sleep, and go to the restroom. That is why OASIS is a very successful corporation because it has created an environment for everyone to join.

The film is mainly focused on the virtual reality because that is where the plot and good amount of film take place.

The deceased co-creator of the OASIS James Halliday, played by Mark Rylance, leaves a challenge to every player of OASIS that consists of finding three keys on three different scenarios that take place inside the game, but inside the OASIS there a lot of games not just one so finding the keys is difficult for them. After finding the keys Halliday will grant the winner an Easter egg, which will grant full control of the OASIS to anyone.

Two of the things I really enjoyed about this movie was that many objects and characters of other movies appeared on this film. The Robocop character, as well as the Ninja Turtles, appear inside the OASIS. Another cool object that appears in the OASIS is the famous DeLorean which is used in the famous “Back to the Future” trilogy, and the DeLorean is Watts’ vehicle that he uses to win his first key on a racing game. Another thing that I liked was that the OASIS was really well designed. The coolest thing about it is the way player can switch from one game to another, without having to swap a disc or anything like that, that makes the game really awesome.

One thing that did not really convinced me was the plot because I just felt that having the opportunity to gain full control of a big corporation by winning in a virtual reality game does not make a lot of sense. Another thing was that people that have actually read the book have told me that some things were taken out and also new ones were added by Spielberg, but still most of them consider his movie a genius work.

The film was really great and it also gives a good message for all of us that like to play videos games. Sometimes when we play virtual reality or online games we forget to do what is really important in life and that is to enjoy reality. No matter how many friends we may have on a game we also need to live in the present and try to overcome our situations and problems that each of us might have in life.