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What Can 'Mad Max,' 'Tomorrowland,' and 'Ex Machina' Tell Us About Society?

Radio Motherboard watches three of the biggest science fiction movies of the summer back-to-back-to-back to figure out how they all connect.
Screengrab: Tomorrowland

It's only June, and it's already been a very good summer for sci-fi. From the soaring optimism of Tomorrowland to the postapocalyptic dreariness of Mad Max to the outright unsettling nature of Ex Machina, there's already been plenty of speculative fiction to chew through. But we at Motherboard had been too busy making the site to enjoy any of the summer's biggest films. So we decided to change that with one back-to-back-to-back nine hour movie marathon. Before, during, and after the marathon, we discussed how these three looks at the future fit into the sci-fi canon, what they have to say about our future (and our present), whether they succeeded at creating a believable world, and whether they were actually any good.


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