Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Steven Spielberg
Story: Ernest Cline
Screenplay: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger
Production company: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures
Music director: Alan Silvestri
Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski
Editors: Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar
Release date: 30-03-2018
Censor certificate: UA
Run time: 2hrs, 20mins
Genre: Action, Adventure
In 2045, humanity is addicted to a virtual reality software named the ‘OASIS’. It’s a game in which the players have a conflict. How it is completed at the end forms the crux of the story.
Hats-off to the script writer ‘Ernest Cline’ for taking everyone to a whole new world by his futuristic ideas. Steven Spielberg’s direction has taken the film completely to a high level, his presentation is mesmerizing. Zak Penn and Ernest Cline’s screenplay is watertight, so the grip is very strong. Film never tries to bore the viewers as refreshing elements keep coming on line one by one. Dialogues are clear and on point, explains the details neatly. Hands down to the creator for the depth he’s given to the world of ‘OASIS’. There are loads of exciting moments that builds up the pressure in a positive manner. All the actors have got equal importance to perform and everyone is impressive in their work. The made-up games and mystery unfold way just keep us hooked up. There are a bunch of goosebumps places which are worth to scream and clap for. Alan Silvestri’s background music is peppy and on par with the mighty situations. Janusz Kaminski’s camera work is top-notch, he has made the visuals look beautiful. Editors have done a crisp work, cuts are topical and doesn’t disturb the run. Visual effects are great, the height of the team’s hard work is visible on screen. Stunts are mind blowing and they tend to transform the tension into us. Sounds used are so unique and makes the experience extremely realistic. The ‘what next’ curiosity factor remains till the last second.
Happening in 2045, the real world could’ve shown in a much more advanced way except for the ‘OASIS’ fact. Timeline developments and status could’ve also had a better explanation. The end is predictable right from the beginning, that the hero is going to lift the challenge. Given the production value and superior technical support, the 3D effect could’ve been a lot more better. The actors did not have any scope to deliver a solid performance, it is in deed a weak point knowing the fact of the situation. Though the film did not divert from the main line, few portions in the middle are sluggish. Film drags a bit towards the finish line. The protagonists figuring out the clues correctly and solving things follows the usual template.
TO CONCLUDE – An exhilarating new-age roller coaster ride that provides a wholesome cinematic experience.
Movie Rating – 3.25/ 5.
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