Movie Review: ATM (2012)

atm-movie-posterWritten By: Chirs Sparling

Directed By: David Brooks

Starring: Alice Eve, Josh Peck and Brian Geraghty


On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.

Well, not too sure where to start with ATM.  I am going to begin by saying, I will probably never watch this film again.  There was so much that I did not like about it.

I will start with the very few positives it did have.  ATM exploits the fear of being trapped in a small, confined space by a psycho.  I liked that much about it because it is a fear that a lot of people have, and it is something that could really happen.  The idea of being stalked and trapped has been a staple in the horror genre since the very first days of horror.  I did like the fact that it wasn’t a naked, drunk group of teenagers running around the woods being stalked by an unstoppable force,but a group of innocent party goers trapped by your everyday, human psycho.  I may have liked this premise, but I do believe it could have been done better.

Now onto the crap I didn’t like.  I’m going to start off by saying, camera crew are not supposed to be seen in the shots.  I counted at least 5 different occasions where I seen a member of the camera crew in the glass of the ATM.  The next thing that irked me about ATM was that if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the movie.

Possibly the worst thing about ATM had to be its predictability.  I won’t say exactly what was so predictable about it, but if you do decide to waste the hour and a half of your life to watch it, you will know exactly which part I am specifically referring too.

I am not big on comparing movies to one another, but I can remember seeing a Joel Schumacher film starring Colin Farrell with pretty much the same idea behind it.  I’m talking about Phone Booth. Trapped in a tight spot and being held hostage by a crazy person.  Phone Booth was way better, so if you want to watch a film like this, go with that one.

Don’t waste your money on ATM.  It is currently on Netflix, watch it there and if by some off chance you like it, then purchase it.

For once I think the critic rating for a film is fair.  I give ATM a 4 out of 10.

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