"Oh, good, look ... another post at The Truth Inside The Lie that ain't got jack squat to do with Stephen King! This guy..."
I hear ya, I hear ya. But here's the thing. This movie I'm about to review in brief, it's absolutely germane to a discussion on this blog. Or any Stephen King blog.
You'll have to read all the way to the end to find out why, because I can't talk about it without being a little bit spoilery.
The setup for the movie is this: in the future -- it's, like, 2047 or something -- Americans (and maybe the world) are obsessed with a virtual-reality service called The Oasis, which is a place where you can "go" so as to escape the bounds of reality. It was created by an eccentric genius named Mark Halliday, who has died and has left a will decreeing that the winner of a game he's written into The Oasis will inherit control of the board which runs it. Along with this comes half a trillion dollars or so.
The game has been going on for some time when the movie begins; our hero, a teenager named Wade Watts, is one of the many, many, many people trying to win it. His digital avatar is named "Parzival," a reference to the fact that he does not "clan up"; i.e., he is a solo gamer who avoids joining with other gamers.
Plenty of folks have no such compunction, however, including a massive corporation called IOI, which employs gamers to do its bidding in the virtual world. They are apparently able to purchase debt and more or less enslave people to do menial tasks within The Oasis so as to advance their cause of trying to forcibly take control of Halliday's estate.
So basically, the movie is a mix of live-action scenes within the real world of 2047 (or whatever it is), and the virtual landscape of The Oasis. Parzival makes some friends, and begins making some headway in playing Halliday's game. But, of course, the minions of IOI are on his trail the entire time. Who will prevail? I'm not telling.
This is a very, very busy movie, and if you want to know the truth, I'm not sure it made a lick of sense. I am sure that I didn't care; I loved this movie, and while it's not perfect, it's got a lot to recommend.