Ready Player One (2018) Saturday, 28 March 2020

Ready Player One (2018)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Stand by.

  • Starring:

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch

  • Directed by:

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time:

    140 mins

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, kicked, blasted through the air, stabbed with laser sword, shirt-grabbed, punched, slammed against a wall, pulverised (they respawn), hit with objects, drugged, kidnapped, tied up, hooded, pursued, knocked down, decapitated (zombie), attacked with axes/knives/weapons, zapped/electrocuted, dunked in freezing water, burned with blue flame, thrown out of moving vehicle. Suicide reference (a man makes to jump out of a window before being grabbed back). Man on fire. Sword fighting, axe through door, drone smashed, doors kicked in. Cars are crashed, knocked off a racetrack, cut with saw, hit by a train/truck/wrecking ball, eaten, crushed, stomped on, exploded, set on fire, rammed. Derailed train, truck rammed. Explosions. A residential tower block explodes (occupants inside). Mass panic. Screaming, roaring, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpse in coffin. River of blood. Robot's fingers blown off, a robot is set alight, a robot falls into lava. Rotting woman/zombies, arm falls off, eyeball dislodges and rolls away, decapitated zombies. A dinosaur is neck-sliced. An alien (costume) breaks through a man's chest, a character has a skull in his chest. Bloody arm, nose. Cut on face, bruised/scraped faces. Skull gun. When avatars are killed in virtual reality some gore is visible; some throw out coins.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Nude female in bathroom (breasts exposed). Cleavage, skimpy costumes. A character says, "like hos on Santa". A flashing sign advertised exotic dancers.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Characters are drugged. Alcohol (beer bottles, wine bottles). Smoking (cigar). Nightclub setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, balls, p*ssed. Name-calling (d*ckweed, idiot, losers, corporate a**hole, hater, maniacal overlord, bad*ss, newbie, buckaroo, colossal douchebag, etc). Religious references (goddamn, how the hell, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Virtual reality, gaming, Easter eggs, avatars, quests, missions, puzzles, 1980s, Stephen King, The Shining, zombies, corporate greed, slave labour, breadcrumbs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead colleague/friend/icon. Dead aunty. Dead wife mentioned (news article about cancer death), dead parents, dead father mentioned. King Kong character, Chuckie doll. Brief subtitles. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Action-packed, upbeat, fast-paced, astonishing, relentless, nostalgic, immersive, mesmerising, blockbuster, crowd-pleasing, stylised, clever, frenetic, fun. Overwhelming CGI, effective motion-capture performances, ever-changing landscapes, rock-heavy soundtrack, satisfying conclusion.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong. Begins with a mountain of voice-over, drags a little toward the end, lacks character development/drama, lacks nuance, relies on narrative covenience/coincidence, half-assed/inauthentic love story.

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