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Steven Spielberg talks ‘Ready Player One’: ‘People want to escape’

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‘Ready Player One’ explores society’s addiction to tech

Set in the year 2045, Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure reveals a desolate future, where people escape reality by plugging into a virtual world called The Oasis.

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” got a lot of flak when the first trailer for the book-turned-movie dropped. But the film has since returned with a positive 82 percent score on review aggregator site RottenTomatoes.com. Spielberg told Fox News that the moviegoers are looking to escape to these days and that is what the next film has to offer.

“I think people want to escape,” he told us at a Los Angeles press junket ahead of the film premiere. “People want to escape in the movies. People want to escape into their devices, and I think we are all looking and longing to escape since the invention of the television and the television was a deep part of our culture in the early 1950s.”

“Ready Player One” and explores a world where virtual reality has taken the place of in-person interactions, but Spielberg told us you don’t need any gamer to appreciate the concept of the film. The film is accessible for the tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy alike, ” he said.

“If you have never played a video game in your entire life, you will understand everything and you will be able to be taken from the start to the finish in ‘Ready Player One,” he said. “You don’t have to be a gamer and that was really important for me… to make this film for people who don’t play video games.”

The legendary filmmaker says that he got to live in the imagination of the author Ernest Cline and co-screenwriter Zak Penn in this dystopian, futuristic world full of ’80s references and virtual reality capabilities for three years.

He added in an interview with The Associated Press: “This was a film that for me, all my fantasies of the places I go in my imagination when I get out of the city.”

The film focuses heavily on the ’80s nostalgia, and that is not a bad thing, Spielberg told the Associated Press.

“I think we are actually very current oriented. I wish there was more focus on the past. Social media is … activated with a kind of critical mass of contemporary, almost in a panic to be included in the conversation worldwide. … Today, social media is actually causing a lot of young people live in the direct social benefits of the liked or disliked and that is scary for me. And it also stops people from memories and looking back at a quieter time. So I’m not worried about someone getting stuck in nostalgia because nostalgia is where we don’t have enough of now in my opinion.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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