‘Ready Player One’ Gives glimpse into virtual reality

Xanatha Dowden, staff reporter

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. Tye Sheridan plays as Parzival and Wade Watts, Olivia Cooke as Art3mis and Samantha Cook, Lena Waithe as Aech and  Helen Harris, Philip Zhao as Sho, Win Morisaki as Daito, Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento. This movie takes place in the year 2045.


The world is on the brink of chaos and is about to collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg or three keys he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery, and danger. With the help of his clan, he tries to save the OASIS a person who is willing to do anything to control everyone and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.


This movie was nominated for Bandung Film Festival for Imported Film. The movie also won for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project. All by Academy Awards, USA.


Filming took place in Birmingham, England. This included Livery Street in the Jewellery Quarter area of the city, which was extensively used. The backpacker’s hostel Hatters was also on Livery Street. It was used for internal filming for a basement scene. The Ludgate Hill Car Park lot on Lionel Street. Other locations in the city included the former industrial area of Digbeth, in a rooftop scene that overlooks the Birmingham City Centre skyline. Some of the city’s landmark buildings were erased and replaced with computer-generated imagery buildings to create a dystopian Ohio in the year 2045.


This movie was released on March 29, 2018, it was amazing. From special effects to the characters in the virtual reality. This movie wasn’t all serious it was also funny, bringing characters from other movies into one. I recommend this movie to everyone! If you’re into VR you will love watching a movie about future VR technology.