Not recommended under 13; Parental Guidance to 15 (intense Sci-fi/fantasy action and violence; images that may scare and disturb younger children, sexual references and coarse language).
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|Children under 13||Not recommended|
|Children 13 - 15||Parental Guidance recommended|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Ready Player One|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction themes, violence, and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Ready Player One is set in the year 2045, Columbus Ohio, where cities have become a hive-like construction of out-fitted containers stacked on top of each other. The culture is based around reality co-existing with a virtual reality world called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), which was created by the late James Holliday (Mark Rylance). People can interact, work and play in both worlds. Embedded within the virtual world of OASIS is a game called Anorak’s Quest in which players search for three keys with each key providing a clue to the location of the next key and ultimately the location of a golden Easter Egg. The prize for finding the golden egg is to inherit Holliday’s fortune and become the sole owner of OASIS.
Players who hunt for Holliday’s hidden egg are referred to as “Gunters”. One such Gunter is Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) who is represented by the avatar Parzival in OASIS (in the OASIS world participants go by their avatar name never revealing their real identity). Parzival’s best friend is Aech (Lena Waithe), a mechanic, capable of building and fixing anything. Parzival’s other friends include the infamous Gunter Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) and the brothers Darto (Win Morisaki) and Soto (Philip Zhao). The five Gunters become known as the ‘High Five’ when Parzival discovers the secret to gaining the first of the three keys and his four team mates go on to find the other keys soon after. Also hunting for the egg is the CEO of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), Noland Sirrento (Ben Mendelson), who also wants to gain ownership of OASIS. Sirrento has an army of debt-indentured players called “Sixers”. After Parzival wins the first key, Sirrento hires the services of a bounty hunter called I-Rock (T.J.Miller) to hunt down Parzival’s real identity and kill him. In order to survive, Parzival/Wade must infiltrate both worlds to stop Sirrento from claiming Holliday’s egg and gaining the ultimate prize.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
Ready Player One contains extended sequences of intense Sci-fi/fantasy, action and violence enacted within a virtual reality world where blood is depicted as an explosion of gold coins and the loss of life means the loss of special weapons, wealth and strength. In the real world, scenes depicting gun related violence, multiple violent deaths, large scale mass destruction and the depiction of blood and gore and gruesome images are seen.
• Most of the violence depicted throughout the film occurs within a virtual reality world where players are represented by avatars with sci-fi action and violence similar to that depicted in games such as Halo and Doom. This includes lots of colourful explosions, laser fire and use of high-tech weapons, vehicles and gadgets.
• The film depicts a virtual reality car race. During the race, cars, trucks and motorbikes race along roadways in a reckless manner. One vehicle has circular saws attached to it, which it uses to slice open and destroy other competitors’ cars. Lots of crashes occur with cars exploding in flames. When a car is destroyed, or a competitor killed, they explode in a shower of gold coins. Bridges collapse in flames as competitors drive over them, a series of steel wrecking balls smashes into vehicles, while gigantic dinosaurs eat and stomp on vehicles. A King Kong creature rampages, smashing both buildings and cars including picking up a motorbike in its hand and squashing it.
• A woman yells at a teenage boy and we hear that both of the boy’s parents had died when he was young. In a more brutal scene depicted later in the real world, an older man grabs an older teen boy and slams him against a wall. The older man then punches the teen in the face knocking him to the ground.
• Drones attach bombs to containers used as living apartments which are stacked several stories high. The containers explode in flames and crash to the ground killing all those in their wake. People scream and run in all directions to escape the destruction.
• In OASIS, all manner of fantastic avatars fight each with laser weapons, power weapons, swords, gun and cannons. The Iron Giant and giant Power Rangers fight each other causing massive damage to property and avatar life.
• In one scene an arm is cut from an avatar’s body.
• In OASIS, dozens of armed guards enter a nightclub and start open-firing on patrons. One patron is shot and a glowing spot is seen where the patron was shot.
•A man covers a teen’s nose and mouth with a cloth causing him to fall unconscious.
• A woman opens a van door and points a gun at the occupants of the van. A fight ensues between the gunwoman and the occupants, which results in the gunwoman being kicked from the van and rolling down the road.
• A woman is imprisoned in a cubical that holds her avatar as a prisoner in OASIS. The avatar is zapped by a cattle prod for not working.
• In OASIS a man detonates a device that explodes killing every avatar in the game.
• In a couple of scenes people in real-life are seen wearing VR goggles (in the street) enacting what they are doing in the game kicking, punching etcetera.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
The film contains low-level sexual references and innuendo throughout. Examples include:
The film contains minimal nudity and some sexual activity.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some coarse language and name calling scattered throughout. Examples include:
Ready Player One is a futuristic, science fiction, Spielberg film, largely based around nostalgic pop culture from the 1980’s. The virtual world of OASIS is actually more interesting and exciting than the real world and the visual imagery there is stunning. The film is well acted and will certainly entertain its targeted audience of mature adolescents, as well as adults.
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Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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