Even though Spielberg kept references to his own movies out of the film (with the exception of a dinosaur that could be a reference to Jurassic Park), Ready Player One is a loving tribute to geek-friendly pop culture of the 80s, 90s and beyond. It’s a movie that makes nerds feel welcome and appreciated. With this in mind, we’re going to catch you up on 10 Pop Culture References from Ready Player One That You May Have Missed. (And, yes, there will be SPOILERS).
10. Shotaro Kaneda’s Motorcycle from Akira
You can already tell from the promotional materials that Parzival, aka Z, aka Wade Watts, the protagonist of the story (Tye Sheridan), races around the OASIS in the time-travelling Delorean from Back to the Future. But Art3mis, aka Samantha, also drives a familiar vehicle. Her distinctive red motorcycle is the spitting image of Shotaro Kaneda’s bike from the groundbreaking anime Akira. In Akira, Kaneda is the leader of a motorcycle gang in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo who must save his telekinetic friend Tetsuo from a clandestine government project.
In Ready Player One, Parzival drives the Delorean and Art3mis rides the bike during the challenge for the first of three keys distributed through the OASIS by the late James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the late creator of the OASIS who will give his creation away to the first person that completes all of his challenges successfully.
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