If you are a fan of Science Fiction like Black Mirror, The Matrix or Daemon, the recent film by Steven Spielberg – Ready Player One (2018) will be underwhelming. It has a simple plot – the hero, a master video game player through his prowess and help from his lover and his friends, defeat the bad guy and save the world. The film is good and enjoyable, but I found no fresh creativity or mindbending twists that keeps you cogitating about a Sci-Fi work long after you watched it.
Maybe it is just me, recently I have been wondering why most of the Science Fiction works have to be about a dystopian world? Can’t master storytellers write storylines that are set in a universe that is fun, happy and technologically sophisticated?
Ready Player One is set in the year 2045, most of the population in the world spend their waking moments inside a virtual world called the OASIS. Just before his death, the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, the richest man leaves behind a will whereby the player who first discovers the easter egg (three keys) in OASIS will inherit all the power and money to his empire. There is a worldwide race for this, with a giant corporation IOI spending billions and employing thousands to achieve victory by brute force. In this context, our hero, an 18-year old goes about solving the puzzle. In between, he finds his love in OASIS.
The lead pair Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke have done their roles well.
Also published on Medium.