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Ready Player One (2018)

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James Halliday saw the future.
And then he built it.
He gave us a place to go.A place called … THE OASIS.

Recently I got a Playstation VR set for my birthday and since then I’ve spent a lot of hours in different virtual worlds. So I understand very well that in films such as “Ready Player One” the population spends more time in this artificial environment than in the actual world. As one already suggested at the beginning, this virtual fantasy world is so alluring because there’s so much to experience. But also because you can be so much. Just like in “2047: Virtual Revolution“, it seems as if all of humanity has lost its contact with reality and is wasting their entire fortune on digital upgrades and gadgets and walk around their entire free time with such futuristic-looking VR glasses. Unfortunately, the moral is the same as in this last film. Namely, that one has to cut the virtual bonds and live back in reality. Perhaps there’s an element of truth here. In today’s society, the art of communicating and socializing is going to waste because we do this only in a digital way.

Lets find the Easter egg …

The story itself was a bit straightforward and simple. The day one of the designers (James Halliday) of the virtual playground OASIS drew his last breath (in reality), he reveals that he has hidden a so-called “Easter egg” in OASIS. Who finds it wins a mega top prize that gives the honest finder total control over OASIS and inherits Halliday’s fortune. We, of course, get a race between two camps. On the one hand, young Wade (TyeJoeSheridan) who, along with some of his online friends, eagerly starts looking for the hidden keys. Not only for the fame and fortune but also to get back at IOI (Innovative Online Industries). This company wants to win the main prize at any cost so it becomes the largest company in the world. So, Wade gets the CEO Nolan Sorrento (BenMississippi GrindMendelsohn) as a formidable opponent whose inexhaustible source of income gives him an advantage. Needless to say who will finally get the virtual short stick.

The number of references to the 80’s? I lost count ….

No, the story itself is not really epic. The images and the overall atmosphere, however, are. The first assignment with the extremely difficult road race packed with obstacles was something to drool over. The fact that a T-Rex and a frantic King Kong appeared in it, was perhaps slightly exaggerated. But for the rest, this part did look exquisitely and flashy. I would also like to participate in that race. Ditto for the Doom location. To experience a death match on that planet, must also be extremely energetic and exciting. But mainly “Ready player one” is a huge wink and nostalgic look back on the 80s. And this in all sorts of areas. The music, the film and the game world from this era, are extensively praised. So the whole film is stuffed with references to it. The DeLorean from “Back to the future“. A floating dance floor with the soundtrack of the Bee Gees. The Atari games and a t-shirt from Joy Division. And a multitude of famous characters who come to act as an avatar in the VR world. You can be sure that every scene contains a reference. It’s as if Steven Spielberg not only sends the heroes in search of the Easter Egg but also assigns the audience the same task. Find as many hidden references as possible.

It’s one, big, vivid video game.

If you are an avid gamer, you’ll be thrilled about this film, since most of it is purely a graphic spectacle. The opening scene where the world of OASIS is presented in is a breathtaking and impressive spectacle. For others, it may be a bit too much. It’s as if you’re at a friend’s house looking at the tube, while he’s playing a super fantastic game. A little frustrating. But, I’ve amused myself with this movie. Apart from a few issues (I don’t understand how Wade could get his installation working in the back of a van in the middle of a junkyard), for me, this film was really quite wonderful. And it was pretty self-explanatory that the girl behind the avatar Art3mis (OliviaMe and Earl and the dying girlCooke) also be a natural beauty in RL. I’m not really a big fan of Steven Spielberg and think some of his films really weak, but here he succeeds again in making my film heart beat faster. And not only because I’m actually a bit hooked to the VR phenomenon (even though it doesn’t yet have the sharpness as shown here). “Ready Player One” is a bit like “The Goonies” meets “Tron“. But with more technological wizardry and a different kind of treasure as a reward.

My rating 8/10
Links: IMDB

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

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Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Date:

May 22, 2020

Director:

Tim Hill

Cast:

Tom Kenny, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Lori Alan, Mr. Lawrence, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence

Plot Summary:

Set before the events of the television series, SpongeBob goes on a trip to Kamp Koral and meets some new friends. However, when his pet snail Gary gets kidnapped by Poseidon and taken to the Lost City of Atlantic City, he and his new best friend Patrick must go on a rescue mission to save him from the dastardly plan of Poseidon before it is too late. The movie will also reveal the first time our beloved characters (as kids) met at Camp…a magical moment that brings meaning to the power of true friendship.

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Let’s Run It Back: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Trailer #2 Brings The Re-designed Hero

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Director Jeff Fowler announced earlier this year that “Sonic movie,” would be getting delayed after backlash over the title character’s design. Many people felt like the first depiction ventured too far away from the classic Sega character’s look. Others wondered if taking time to do a re-design would kill the film. Recent leaks showing what the new look was about, had fans excited to find out if these were in fact real. Well, as it turns out, they were. The new Sonic trailer has a new look, new feel and new re-imagining for the hedgehog. See for you self below. Drop a comment and tell us what you think of the “New Sonic!”

Plot Summary:

A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.

Sonic the Hedgehog is expected to hit theaters February 14, 2020. Starring: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough |

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Jumanji: The Next Level | Final Trailer -HD

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Action/Adventure

Release Date:

December 13, 2019

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Cast:

Dwayne “The Rick” Johnson, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart

Plot Summary:

The adventures continue in the world of the game of Jumanji where nothing is what it seems.

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