Steven Spielberg directing an adaptation of author Ernest Cline’s love letter to 1980s pop culture is a match made in geek heaven, given the director created much of what is lovingly referenced in the novel.

However, fans of the book should be forewarned that there have been major changes to the narrative structure and quests. Set in a dystopian future of 2045, society has forsaken the real world for the limitless possibilities of a virtual one: the OASIS. Created by eighties-obsessed tech guru James Halliday (Mark Rylance), this online utopia is a melting pot of the movies, games and music of the era. When Halliday dies, he leaves behind an irresistible challenge: whoever finds an Easter Egg he’s hidden deep inside the OASIS will inherit his fortune and control this virtual world.

The race is on, led by teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), who must stay one step ahead of corporate villain Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), who sees the quest as a war for control of the future. This cinematic theme park ride is the perfect playground for Spielberg, delivering a massive nostalgia rush for adults and hitting all the right buttons for the PlayStation generation. Just don’t expect the book.

Ben Mendelsohn, on his role in Ready Player One.

Release Date:  4 June 2018
Format:  DVD Blu-ray Blu-ray 3D 4K
Starring:
  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

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