Ready Player One is a $175 million spectacle

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THERE are high expectations riding on Steven Spielberg’s latest adventure movie. Will fanboys be pleased?

THE year is 2045 and Earth’s future is so dystopian, most of the citizenry have invested all their emotional energies and time in the Oasis, an advanced virtual reality network where you can be anything and do anything you want.

That’s the premise of Steven Spielberg’s adventure film, Ready Player One, based on a popular book by Ernest Cline.

Ready Player One is vintage Spielberg — a noble hero with good intentions on a quest against the bad guy who just doesn’t get it. It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it’s good. It’s just not amazing.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is an 18-year-old American living a nothing-life in a block of stacked shipping containers. But every day, he enters the Oasis and becomes Parzival, his kick-arse avatar. Wade/Parzival is a Gunter (an egg hunter), trying to complete a game set up by Oasis’ late creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance).

To win, you have to find a series of impossible-to-locate clues and complete the challenges — the first person to find the ultimate Easter egg (pop culture parlance for hidden bonuses) wins ownership of the Oasis.

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