Posted on 3/17/12 10:32 AM
Sets up the characters as reasonably likeable, finds a plausible way to lock them in a glass room, and then puts it's feet up and calls it day. "ATM" does absolutely nothing once the concept is established, save getting the actors wet and having them sit on each others shoulders while holding a flaming trash can. You keep waiting for there to be some kind of revelation, like the characters are all dead, and we're only finding out about it now. But there isn't. The big non-twist is that the killer likes to trap people near ATM's and kill them. That's it.
Otherwise it's the usual parade of cliches. There's the typical female love interest who's pretty much useless unless she feels like monologuing about fate and the universe, so that the movie can claim to have actually been about something. There's also the loud and rambunctious best friend who's fault this whole whole situation is. There's the fact that it's cold. The fact that they're stranded. If "ATM" sounds a lot like "Frozen" you'd be right. Only, the wolves in "Frozen" aren't capable of interesting motivations for killing people. The killer here is, though, which leaves no excuse for why he doesn't have one.