Sunday, December 16, 2012

Atrocious Thinking Matters: ATM (2012)

ATM (Canada/US, 2012)
rating: *1/2
starring:  Alice Eve, Josh Peck and Brian Geraghty

This is an interesting premise; three bank personnel got stuck in the middle of a car park inside an ATM booth during Christmas Eve. Why? Cuz a hoodie killer is out there watching them and just had killed somebody to prove he's serious about it.

Let's count that: three adults. one killer. In the middle of the city. How hard can it be to stop this guy?

So that's one point down for this mediocre thriller and sorta slasher movie from the guys who wrote the equally mediocre (for me) Buried (2010); the rest of the movie's downfall is, well, I never quite got that engaged in the situation. If there's anything, I'm rooting more on the killer's side since he's probably the only one with a brain, or half a brain. (he came to kill people without any weapons. Had he ever wondered the chance these guys would have a gun?) I mean, I can tell that they're a bit weirded out when this guy just popped out of nowhere and stare at them, and even more freaked out when he decided to bash a guy's head against the pavement, but I've seen a lot of opportunities for these guys to just run, gang up on him and live a happy life for the next 40 years or so. But no, they're freaked out by a guy in a partially menacing hoodie, who did nothing but stare and kill with things he's just lucky enough to have cuz these guys left it behind and is too scared to go back and get it from him.

Pros? Good acting, especially from Josh Peck, who I respect quite a bit cuz I'm used to be a fan of the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Drake and Josh; the killer, who at least looked cool in that Urban Legend inspired hoodie and the movie's devilish twist ending, which at least explain to why this killer hadn't moved inside the ATM booth after all this time.

So, skip it?

Oh yeah, definitely skip it! If you want to shower yourself with a B-flick that serves no purpose but to "thrill" you with cheap, logic-less plot? Here's you cup of tea and have fun. You the rest? Find yourself a classic B-flick and just do better with yourself!

1 male head bashed repeatedly against pavement
1 male brained to death with crowbar
1 male garroted
1 male male screwdriver to the gut, crushed by an incoming car
1 female hits her head against counter
total: 5


  1. Hmmm...I can't stop thinking it sounds interesting - meaning that despite nothing but negative reviews - I will eventually sit down with this...

    1. I liked it too at the first viewing, but it got a little tiring around the third viewing. I guess it's that kind of movie you should only see once a year...or when you're drunk!