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)


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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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