Ready Player One

Synopsis: Film centers on a young outcast named Wade Watts. In the near future, Watts escapes from his daily drudgery by logging onto an MMO game called 'The Oasis'. When the game's billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in an easter egg hunt within The Oasis. Watts gets in on the action then after five years finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money -- in both the real world and in The Oasis.
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min



Get ready to feel

the feel of reality. X1

No pain, no gain.

Pizza guys!

- Hello, Wade.

- Hello, Mrs. Gilmore.

What's the matter?

Life getting you down?

I was born in 2027.

After corn syrup droughts,

after the bandit riots...

after people stopped

trying to fix problems...

and just trying to outlive them.

My parents, they didn't make

it through those times so...

I live here in Columbus, Ohio

with my aunt Alice.

In 2045...

Columbus is the fastest

growing city on earth.

It's where Halliday and Morrow

started Gregarious Games.

These days, reality is a bummer.

Everyone is looking

for a way to escape.

That's why Halliday,

that's why he was such a hero to us.

He showed us that we could go somewhere

without going anywhere.

You don't need a destination

when you're running on a...

omnidirectional treadmill with

quadrophonic pressure sensitive underlay.

James Halliday saw the future.

And then he built it.

He gave us a place to go.

A place called...



It's a place where the limits of

reality are your imagination.

You can do anything.

Go anywhere.

Like the vacation planet.

Surf a 50 foot monster

wave in Hawaii...

You can ski down the pyramids...

You can climb Mount Everest...

with Batman.

Check out this place.

It's a casino the

size of a planet.

You can lose your money there,

you can get married,

you can get divorced.

You can...

you can go in there.


People come to the OASIS for

all the things they can do.

But they stay because of all

the things they can be.

Tall, beautiful, scary,

and different sex...

a different species, live action,

cartoon. It's all your call.

Yeah, that's me,

well, that's my avatar.

At least until I feel like to change it .

Except for eating, sleeping and

bathroom breaks...

whatever people want

to do, they do it in the OASIS.

And since everyone is here...

This is where we meet each other.

It's where we make friends.

Locate Hache.

Locating Hache.

Hache located.

Sector 12, Planet Doom.

The Planet Doom. The most

dangerous place in the OASIS.

And pretty great

place to pick up coins.

Figured Hache would be there.

Hache is my best

friend in the OASIS.

He's my best friend, period.

Even though I've never actually

met him in the real world.

- What's up, Hache?

- Hey what up, Z!

The next race is in 20

minutes and I can't delay one.

What the hell are you up to?

Man, you're in my kill zone, bro.

- Is that Daito?

- Daito and Sho.

- Arigato.

- Xie Xie.

- This an artifact hunt?

- Yep, Gregarious 120.

Turn into any giant robot

for two minutes. Great!


Those were key.

Halliday made sure the OASIS was littered

with enough randomly powerful stuff...

that anyone could win it

if they had the skills.

Death matches and artifact hunts

are good way to coin snatch...

but depending on your level of armor,

they are risky.

You see, everyone starts the same but

the more coin you make...

- The more you level up.

- Mom! Mom!

If you get killed, your

avatar can come back to live...

- but you lose all your stuff.

- Go get your dad!

Everything you have

ever worked for.

All your money...

Your clothes...

Your weapons...

Since people spend most of

their time in the OASIS...

Losing your sh*t means...

losing your sh*t.

Hache, ten minutes

to the race tracks.

OK mom, I heard you.

You see, the OASIS was the

brain child of James Halliday.

He and his partner,

Odgen Morrow...

released the first

OASIS built in the 2025.

It was an instant success...

and it made them both very rich.

But Morrow was out of the picture

after a few years.

Then Halliday, he wasn't just the

owner of the world's biggest company.

He was like a god.

People loved him.

They worshiped him as

much as his creation.

Maybe we should

stop talking about it...

and start showing it.

If you all to reach

under your seats

you will find that there

is nothing there.

But we are gonna

bring you on now.

And then on January 7th, 2040...

He died.

They what he left behind...

Changed everything.


I'm James Halliday.

If you are watching

this, I am dead.

Before I died, I created...

what we in the bis

called an "Easter egg ".

A hidden object in a game...

that gives special powers to

who ever discovers it.

The first person to find the egg...

I've hidden somewhere

inside the OASIS...

will inherit my stock

and Gregarious Games...

currently valued an excessive

half a million dollars...

Half a trillion dollars worth.

And total control of the OASIS itself.

In the form of my avatar:

Anorak, the all knowing...

I created 3 keys.

Three hidden challenges test

the worthy traits...

revealing 3 hidden keys

to 3 magic gates.

And those with the skill to

survive these traits...

will reach the end

where the prize awaits.

Off you go, keys.

The keys aren't just laying

around under a rock somewhere.

I suppose you could say they are


Hidden in a dark room, it's

at the center of a maze..

It's located somewhere up here.

Let the hunt for Halliday's

Easter egg begin!


The challenge is to find 3 keys.

But in 5 years no

one has even gotten one key.

And the big score board is still empty.

Some long forgotten

gunter cracked the

1st clue and found

the 1st challenge.

Then this portal appeared.

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Zak Penn

Zak Penn (born March 23, 1968) is an American screenwriter and director.[1] Penn wrote and directed Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand, and co-wrote the script for X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and the story for The Avengers. With Michael Karnow, Penn is the co-creator of the TV series Alphas on the Syfy network. more…

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