SPIELBERG is back, baby! Everyone that were selected to play a part in Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE should be so proud! They now enter the realm of instant classic films that the master filmmaker rules up to this date.

I was invited to watch the advance screening last Thursday (March 22) on IMAX 3D in SM Megamall. The film is definitely best experienced on IMAX 3D! Every time the characters on the film wears their VR head gears, it’s like you are as well.

Aside from the expected roll of 80s pop culture references, the film did not disappoint in attaching a human element on the heavily VR immersive film feature that successfully brought to life the 2011 debut sci-fi novel of American writer Ernest Cline.

Set in a dystopian future 27 years from now, READY PLAYER ONE tells the story of Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan – X-Men Apocalypse). Wade, who’s quest for the so-called “Halliday Easter Egg” inside the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance – Dunkirk), has led him to embrace the hero inside him both as the avatar Parzival in the VR game and in real life.

Tye gets to wear a cycloptic head gear again in this film just like in “Apocalypse” while actress Olivia Cooke gets a rebound from the horrifying result of her 2014 horror flick OUIJA with a new kick-ass alter-ego as Art3mis in the OASIS and the rebel Samantha in real life.

Watch out also for the exceptionally played characters of T.J. Miller as I-R0k, Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow and Ben Mendelsohn as Sorrento.

Also in the lead are Lena Waithe (Aech/Helen), Win Morisaki (Daito) and Philip Zhao (Sho). They will be the other three gamers in Parzival’s clan “The Hi-Five”.

The real “easter eggs” in the film however are the all-star cast who each played obscure roles in the movie plus dozens of pop culture treats from the gaming world, movies and television – mostly from the 80s. You’ll see Back To The Future’s DeLorean DMC-12 in full action.

Here’s another special treat – If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing a battle between MechaGodzilla, Gundam and the Iron Giant, you’ll see that in this movie and so much more! Who will win? Well that’s for me to know and for you to find out when the movie finally opens in theaters.

Expect a roller coaster ride from VR to real world and sometimes in both at the same time. READY PLAYER ONE is Steven Spielberg’s “Extra Life Quarter.”

READY PLAYER ONE comes to Philippine Theaters nationwide starting March 31!

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