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MOVIE REVIEW: Ready, Player One

Running Time : 140 minutes

Release Date :  In cinemas now

Who is in it : Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen

What is it: By 2045, the world is a pretty horrible place to live and people escape their reality into the virtual world of the OASIS. In the OASIS, you can be anyone, go anywhere and do anything. Pretty intoxicating, huh? Yeah and that’s why basically everyone plays and many, many people rack up huge debts in the process.

When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves his immense fortune and control of the game to the winner of a contest.

Enter The Bad Guys *boo hiss*

Lead by Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn ….. who is seriously bad guy incarnate when he wants to be …. they not only want control of the game but control of the human population when they are not playing. How? They buy the player’s debts and thus enslave them.

Enter our humble hero-in-the-making Wade Watts.

Watts is a kid from a woeful place called The Stacks. With no real family or friends, he is utterly immersed in the online world.

So …..can the unlikeliest kid win the ultimate prize and potentially save the world from The Bad Guys?

Why should I watch it : It’s great fun with an absolutely kick arse 80’s soundtrack and more than a fleeting nod to pop culture. Just about every single game, toy, TV show, cartoon character, superhero, you name it, that has been popular in the last 40 years makes a cameo in this movie.

Most of the movie takes place in the game and naturally, the special effects are dazzling. Then again, I have seen some of the games my kids play and you would be hard pressed to see the differences between a game and a movie these days anyway.

The formula is tried and tested. Mild mannered kid wants to be cool, makes googly eyes at the cute, spirited girl and aided by quite the assortment of friends, attempts to win the game, the prize, the girl and save the world.

What’s not to love?

A great school holidays movie that the parents will get into as much as the kids.

3.5 stars

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Written by Sue Ellen

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