Low cash can make good movies
Turns out that ATM is a good film. In its own way this movie brings up many questions worth reflecting, like the paranoia and injustice, and still manages to entertain full time with its unique style of suspense.
ATM is simple film about a group of three co-wokers that after leaving a Christmas Party together, they stop at an ATM machine but end up fighting for their lives once they become trapped by an unknown man.
Yes, you might have guessed it, the acting in this movie isnt amazing, neither are the effects and pacing. However, the movie manages to create a unique form of suspense and is very involving throughout its runtime. The movie invovles the audience and brings up questions and themes worth analyzing - I am a fan of movies that fall under these types.
I dont recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch something scary, or action packed. This is a slow movie, and the ending to many may be dissapointing. However, personally, I had a good time watching this movie and it definately let me thinking for a while (always a sign of a good film).
Corey: Life's about choices man. One bad one can ruin every good one you have made.
Not bad! I very much enjoyed this movie. Like I said before and I'll say again and probably keep saying it about future movies, there's just some movies that you just watch once in your life, you enjoy it and never see again and this was one of them. Yes it was thrilling for the moment but that's about it.
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 cat-and-mouse.
The horror genre has often reflected the fears of the times. Movies like Universal's "Dracula" and "The Mummy" exploited America's fear of immigrants and European fascism in the thirties. During the Vietnam era the likes of "Deliverance" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" preyed on young men's anxiety of finding themselves out of their depth in an unknown and dangerous territory. If there's one overbearing fear in our current time it's the fear of poverty. Brooks and screenwriter Chris Sparling make a half-hearted attempt at commenting on the financial crisis. The three protagonists are employees of an investment firm and of course we have the setting of an ATM booth. Bad move. Financial workers have become the new traffic wardens, it's the most despised occupation there is now so if this is the job of your protagonists you better work hard to get the audience on their side. It doesn't help that these characters make such stupid decisions that you just want them to get offed as quickly as possible.
Following a Christmas office party the three co-workers find themselves stopping off at an ATM booth in the middle of a large deserted parking lot. When a hooded figure kills a dog-walker outside the booth they are too scared to leave and spend the night being menaced by the mystery killer while trying to figure out an escape plan.
Writing a contemporary horror movie is getting tougher as technology progresses. One of the key themes of horror is isolation but we live in a world where it's increasingly difficult to be isolated. Sparling really struggles with this challenge and ends up digging plotholes into his story. There are so many moments that will have you cringing, for example:
a character forgets to take his mobile phone with him.
another character's phone battery is dead.
the third character leaves their phone in their handbag, inside an unlocked car.
the car is parked as far away from the ATM as possible, for no apparent reason.
the killer is often a considerable distance from the booth, giving them ample opportunity to make a break for it.
at one point the antagonist traps them in the booth by jamming a car against it's door. Somehow nobody thinks to just pull it open. We know it opens inwards because we saw this when they entered first and it's repeated at the end in a montage of CCTV footage.
With just a bit of thought and a closer analysis of the script this could have been a tight little thriller. As it is it's like checking your bank account, there's a lot less in it than you had hoped for.