It’s great, with Spielberg letting loose for the type of blockbuster moviemaking that made his name.
The story focuses on a competition announced by James Halliday (Rylance), creator of the OASIS who, on his deathbed, launched a competition to find his inheritor. Hidden somewhere in the virtual world are three keys — the first to find them all will be granted his billion-dollar fortune and control over the VR realm. Ready Player One picks up five years later with the first key yet to be claimed.
Most have given up searching, but Wade, his friends and many more are still on the hunt. Some of those “many more” include Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), the nefarious CEO of rival software company Innovative Online Industries (IOI), who employs a vast squad of players to find the keys for him. This would be a bad thing. His ultimate goal is to make as much money as possible from it, even going so far as to force players who fall into debt to work in (online) labour camps known as Loyalty Centers.
Ready Player One makes 76% on rotten tomatoes and 79% audience score $53 million day 4 opening.