So I came to the theatre with many expectations and a giddy sense of wonder.
The movie ticked a lot of the right boxes for me, it is 70% CGI animation (think all the best CGI cut scenes from games like Diablo, Overwatch Mini series, Halo, Final Fantasy, GTA etc) and 30% Live action with that Steven Spielberg twist. The movie requires at least two further viewings to spot all the nods to pop and gaming culture.
Some interesting, easy to digest points:
- Interesting was the use of VR tech that is already in development today, Omni floors for movement, haptic feedback suits, motion chairs etc
- The movie uses a clever way for facial expressions to be transferred to the VR world with something that is the same tech as the iphone X laser 3d camera and Animoji.. which makes me feel that tech will imitate art on this one pretty soon and we will see this implemented in future HMDs
- This makes the tech in the movie a bit dated for where it is set 2044. Many of the headsets look like Gear VR or DK1 !!!
- There are 3 scenes where the VIVE logo is used, I think Oculus really missed a huge opportunity here.
- The movie has many laugh out loud scenes that will only make sense to gamers, esp RPG and fantasy players.
- There is an excellent Stanley Kubrick tribute in the middle of the movie which made me smile from ear to ear through the whole thing.
- The entire thing is a gamers nirvana, with clever nods to the way we play games and how involved we can get in them
- Entire economies exist because of VR in this movie, with people making money from mods and content creation, I see this happening more and more in VR, people already make money from mods in 2d games, so it's a natural progression.
- FUCKING GUNDAM FIGHTING MEGA ROBOT GODZILLA SCENE!
I give the movie 8/10 .. its a lot of fun, a lot of nostalgia feelz and a vision with so much potential! I recommend seeing it on the biggest screen you can in 3d.
When leaving the theatre I overheard a few people say, "I need to get into VR"
Oh and my partner now wants a VR rig ... FML ... there goes the new house fund.
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