Does the future belong to search-engine operators, or to armed marauders allowed to murder? That's what this weekend's big movie openings are asking.
"The Internship" is a weakly executed and oddly old-fashioned comedy set amid the rainbow-hued corporate optimism of Google. That's where laid-off salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, reuniting almost a decade after "Wedding Crashers") hope to land a job. But first they have to survive a complex internship competition, conquer their technological ignorance, impress their 20-something teammates and (in Nick's case) maybe get the girl (Rose Byrne). Director Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum") fudges on the delivery, so what few jokes are available land with a thud.
"The Purge" is a muddled morality tale that plays like a bad "Twilight Zone" episode, with more violence. In America 2022, crime has been largely eliminated because of an annual event in which everything's legal for one night. One family, led by Ethan Hawke, aims to hunker down in their security-loaded house, but things devolve when a homeless man seeks shelter in the house and violent teens want the family to give the guy back to them. The moral dilemma of the script (by director James DeMonaco) becomes buried in button-pushing violence.