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Ready Player One [2018] (2 discs)

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Director:Steven Spielberg
Writer:Ernest Cline
Zak Penn
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:140 minutes
(2 hours 20 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Romance
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Synopsis: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.


Reaction: A good adaptation of the book. The focus of the challenges is changed, but thematically it fits with the overall intent. Great visuals. A nuanced world and good fun.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Steven Spielberg => Director
Ernest Cline => Writer / Original Novel
Zak Penn => Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
Ben Mendelsohn => Sorrento
Clare Higgins => Mrs. Gilmore
David Forman => Hong Kong Businessman
Gareth Mason => Chubby Guy
Hannah John-Kamen => F'Nale Zandor
Jacob Bertrand => High School Kid
Lena Waithe => Aech / Helen
Letitia Wright => Reb (Safe House)
Lia Beldam => Pretty naked girl (uncredited) (archive footage)
Mark Rylance => Anorak / Halliday
Olivia Cooke => Art3mis / Samantha
Perdita Weeks => Kira
Philip Zhao => Sho
Ralph Ineson => Rick
Simon Pegg => Curator / Ogden Morrow
Susan Lynch => Alice
T.J. Miller => I-R0k
Tye Sheridan => Parzival / Wade
Win Morisaki => Daito

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The Holy Hand Grenade used in the final battle is a callback to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and also a weapon from the Worms games.
  • Four cast members have appearances in the MCU: Ben Mendelsohn, Letitia Wright, Ralph Ineson, and Hannah John-Kamen. Two cast members have appearances in the X-Men universe: Tye Sheridan, and T.J. Miller.
  • The space ship Daito flies in on during the last battle to fight Sorrento is the Serenity, a 'firefly' class freighter from the beloved but short-lived TV show [Firefly] and its film sequel Serenity.
  • Elle Fanning and [?] Lola Kirke were considered for the role of Art3mis before Olivia Cooke was cast.
  • Nick Robinson, [?] Nat Wolff and [?] Dalton Vaughn were considered for the role of Wade Watts/Parzival before Tye Sheridan was cast.
  • Michael Keaton was considered for J.D. Halliday.
  • On August 11, 2015, a rumor began circulating that Steven Spielberg was "courting" Gene Wilder to play OASIS creator James Halliday in his later years, which would've made this the first film Wilder has done since 1999. However, Wilder's dementia had progressed to a point where he could no longer remember lines and couldn't take the part.
  • Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this film.
  • The film includes characters from pop culture staples of the 1980s and 1990s, including The Iron Giant, TRON, Akira, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Back to the Future, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tomb Raider, and Duke Nukem.
  • During the race sequence the marquee of a theater can be seen. It reads "Schwarzenegger Jack Slater III". This is a nod to Arnold Schwarzenegger's film Last Action Hero, also written by Zak Penn. According to Penn the nod was unintentional and was included by ILM staff as suggestion by co-writer Ernest Cline. Penn himself didn't know about it before the release of the first trailer.
  • Boba Fett is at the bar where the dance number is done.
  • In the scene where they are discussing Art3mis's possible real life persona, there is a picture of Wil Wheaton on the mirror. In the book, Wil is vice-president of the Oasis user council. He also reads the audio book for this and Ernest Cline's second novel, Armada.
  • The semi-truck blocking the road in the middle of the opening race is the truck driven by Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China.
  • The Zemeckis Cube is named after director Robert Zemeckis. When the cube is activated, the music playing is from the Back to the Future trilogy, directed by Zemeckis. Alan Silvestri composed the score for both the Back to the Future trilogy and this film.
  • In an interview, Steven Spielberg said this was the third most difficult movie he has made in his career, behind Jaws and Saving Private Ryan.
  • Besides the obvious Bigfoot, Delorean, and Akira vehicles, other notables in the race were the Mach 5, Batmobile, A Team van, V8 Interceptor, Christine and the Trans-Am from Smokey and the Bandit
  • In Halliday's death video announcement, his casket is the same photon torpedo tube in which Spock's body is placed in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • The IOI acronym is a nod to the classic arcade game Pong, which is one of the games young Halliday is playing at the end. (the l's resemble the paddles, while the O is the ball).