In 2045, the earth is in chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he wills his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. Wade Watts joins the contest and becomes an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery, and danger.
We’re back in Spielberg country… in a virtual reality grab-bag of pop and video game culture. Join us as we discuss this ambitious, yet flawed, project from the legendary director, its cast, script, and state-of-the-art special effects. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys enters the OASIS, where infinite references are housed… pop culture, movies, games, and all—an overwhelming world where character development is often sacrificed for spectacle.
Note: Ready Player One references an insane amount of pop culture. Therefore, any keys below are more thematic to the film itself, as opposed to an infinite list of cute cameos!
- Ready Player One (2018)
- Original trailer
- Steven Spileberg
- Ernest Cline
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Westworld (2016)
- The Goonies (1985)
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