MOVIE REVIEW: ATM (2012)Posted: December 3, 2012
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cast: Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty
Director: David Brooks
Quick summary: After leaving a Christmas party at work, three co-workers go to an ATM building to pick up some cash but then discover a hooded murderer is waiting outside for them.
ATM had potential, but it quickly goes downhill thanks to a clumsy script and some shoddy acting. This B-movie drags along for an hour and a half and I was glad when it was over.
The movie starts with three employees leaving their work’s Christmas party. Corey is a fast-talking, wannabe playboy, Emily is a cute girl who just finished her last day at that workplace, and David is a nice dork who has a long-standing crush on Emily. It turns out she also likes him, then I yawned and waited for some action to start up.
David offers to drive Emily home, and Corey crashes their tender moment and gets in the car too. He asks David to stop at an ATM booth, and they walk inside the booth. Of course they all left their cell phones in the car.
The rest of the movie shows a hooded figure standing outside of the ATM booth, and he’s waiting for the three people to come out so he can kill them. To prove how serious he is, he kills anyone who happens to walk through the parking lot. Of course the team of three tries to figure out ways to outsmart the hooded guy, and the hooded guy counters back with super awesome ideas like turning off the heat in the ATM booth and making them endure the cold weather. Then, at the end of the movie we’re supposed to believe that this guy is a criminal mastermind who plans perfect crimes that can never be traced back to him.
I don’t have much to say here, except this movie is pretty bad. And not ‘Haha it’s so bad it’s funny’, but more like ‘Why the hell did I rent this? Why didn’t someone tell me about this?’
I was really disappointed with Josh Peck’s performance. I know he’s lost weight since he appeared on Nickelodeon’s ‘Drake and Josh’ and he wants to tackle adult roles, but roles like this won’t help his transition. He wasn’t convincing as a smart-mouthed ‘cool’ guy, and even though he’s used as the comic relief in this movie a lot of his jokes were flat and uninspired.
If you saw ATM I’d like to know your thoughts. Did you enjoy the movie?