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After leaving their company Christmas Party together, David Hargrove and Emily Brandt's impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when their coworker, Corey, asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM. What should be a routine transaction turns into a desperate struggle for survival when an unknown man appears outside the vestibule. With the wintry temperatures dipping below freezing, and the morning sunrise still hours away, they have no choice but to play the man's deadly game of
Apr 6, 2012 Limited
Jul 31, 2012
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Not much about the movie makes sense, though there are occasional schlocky thrills.
Mr. Brooks capitalizes on antiseptic, fluorescent interiors, while the score, by David Buckley, nicely accents stress points.
Screenwriter Chris Sparling worked in confined spaces to far better effect before with the minimalist Ryan Reynolds thriller"Buried." He must have used his best ideas there.
While "ATM" does offer a few jolts, we're paired with bland characters and an underrealized premise.
ATM's flawed premise leads to a film that lacks the necessary tension and character development to keep the audience engaged in the story. Furthermore, the characters' unwillingness to act on their situation merely makes for a very frustrating film.
[E]ven at the script stage, someone ought to have noticed how many holes were present in this story.
Spatially contained thriller ATM squanders the efforts of a solid young cast, fumbling away viewer sympathy via increasingly harebrained scenarios. Audiences will feel as ripped off as they would be by exorbitant user fees at the namesake devices.
... resorts to incoherent contrivances involving characters who lack basic common sense.
It would probably work better as a parody. The laughs are already built-in.
Even by the most lenient of genre standards, the behavior of the characters in David Brooks's ATM is ludicrous enough to make anyone grind his or her teeth in frustration.
Perfunctory killings outside, bickering ninnies inside: It's about as riveting as it sounds.
If both good and evil characters don't behave in ways that make sense vis-à-vis their circumstances, any sense of terror quickly dissipates.
ATM isn't a convincing movie, but the production is at least breaking a sweat on this effort, making it a promising misfire that might enchant those on the hunt for something slightly cockeyed when it comes to the torment of innocents.
- David: I need a ride home, some money to spend, and someone to get me something to eat. I'm not intruding am I?
- Emily: He's trying to drown us!
- David: No. He's trying to freeze us.
- Corey: He's just watching us.
- Corey: Life's about choices man. One bad one can ruin every good one you have made.
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