Friday, May 02, 2003
“The real source of the fascination with The Matrix is that, despite all appearances, the movie is not a dystopia. Rather, it’s a utopia, a geek paradise. The Matrix is a sci-fi John Hughes movie, in which a misfit learns that he’s actually cool. (Think Harry Potter with guns.)” Or, Neo as “Everynerd” and “early adopter” (Chris Suellentrop, “The Matrix—It’s Harry Potter with Guns,” Slate, Thursday, May 1, 2003). An overly glib declaration of “the real source of the fascination” with the film, but an interesting conclusion.