Friday, May 23, 2003

The intellectual and ‘The Matrix’

Professor Cornel West “became a kind of muse for the brothers, called ‘college dropout comic book artists’ . . . West offered a focal point for the film, in which various academics and others find bits of Buddhism and Christianity as well as feminism, Marxism and nihilism.” And “In ‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ the citizens of Zion pin their hopes on computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves), who struggles with his role as their savior. West says the film has a ‘fascinating,’ if subtle, critique of ‘salvation narratives’.” (Lynn Smith, “The intellectual and ‘The Matrix’,” latimes.com, May 20, 2003)

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