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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... read more read more... 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. -- (C) IFC

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R, 1 hr. 30 min.

Directed by: David Brooks

Release Date: April 6, 2012

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DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012

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  • December 31, 2013
    Plenty of holes in this one. In short a stupid and ridiculous movie. Too bad, the cast is actually solid, but they are doomed to an inane plot which forces them to do the usual clichéd stupid stuff guaranteed to prolong their misery. All in all, goofy movie.
  • May 18, 2013
    ATM desperately wants to be a high concept thriller in the vein of Phone Booth, but lacks the good performances and thrills of that movie to be successful. The writing and acting are terrible, the characters continually do remarkably dumb things, and the "set-up" phase of the sto... read morery to get you involved with the characters is downright atrocious. I didn't like any of these characters at all and some of the things that come out of their mouth make you shake your head. There's a scene or two that pack a punch viscerally, but they are too separated and are following by stupefying actions. They do one thing right not showing who the villain is or what his motivations are, but the ending just felt tacked on to me. I mainly watched this because I thought the concept sounded really cool, but beyond that there's nothing to recommend about this film. It lacks the brain, story, and thrills required of this genre to succeed.
  • February 11, 2013
    I really like fast-paced claustrophobic movies.
  • November 2, 2012
    "The only reason I found this film to be a tad scary and definitely creepy is because this could happen. Maybe not exactly like this. But there are some crayzay peeps out there doing similar shit. I thought the premise was good and so was the acting. I however thought some of the... read more decisions were ridiculous. Why park so far away, why not jump the guy-there are three of you like Corey says, and last why didn't you just run the other damn way when he was standing so far away or distracted by, I don't know, beating the crap out of someone else? I got a little frustrated with the three victims. But then again, who knows how one might act if ever in this situation. We all lose our thought process when were scared and panicking. I know I do."
  • September 18, 2012
    Interesting concept that lacks in effective storytelling, ATM is a mediocre low-budget horror film that mixes elements of Slasher film and psychological horror. The film is predictable and you know how it will turn out. The film's script is poorly written, and though it has an in... read moreterested concept for a horror film, its potential is wasted due to the fact that you know how it will play out. This film had potential in being a good little horror film; unfortunately the script has too many flaws to make this film work well enough to really entertain the viewer. Considering that the film is mediocre, there are some pretty good performances, which is a shame because the filmmaker's couldn't deliver a better plot than what was shown on-screen. The film doesn't have any real payoff, which is disappointing because it starts off well enough, and you think it's going to be a good little flick. Unfortunately the script is limited by poor writing, thus the film never really takes off. Director David Brooks can't seem to comprehend the horror medium and he uses ideas previously explored in other films to create this film. This could have been such a memorable horror yarn, but it falls short. If the filmmakers would have rewritten the script a few times, and tried to develop something more original instead of focusing on clichéd material. If you're going into this one expecting a good horror film, you'll be sadly disappointed. ATM could have turned out much better; unfortunately it's quite forgettable and doesn't deliver. This is a prime of example of a picture that wasted its potential, and will leave you wanting more.
  • August 12, 2012

    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 gr... read moreoup 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.
  • June 28, 2012
    three stars!
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    April 21, 2012
    Coming fresh off of the well-crafted film Buried, writer unknown returns, in a severe downfall in his career. âATMâ? is about three young people who end up together for the dumbest reason possible, and because the druggie wants to stop at an ATM, fate them ensues. First let me sa... read morey that when the killer arrives and begins to devise is random plan, many of the business workers can be suspected, but no, the outcome will just piss you off. There is absolutely nothing clever about this movie and it plays as a rehash of the film Frozen, almost recreating some of the dialogue. The only thing that held up after this film was Josh Peckâ(TM)s performance which I thoroughly enjoyed. He can act, which is a shame that he chooses film roles like this. The directing is very basic, the writing is dreadful, and the plot is preposterous. There really is nothing to like here unless you want to make fun of a bad film. âATMâ? is a mere 85 minutes in length, while still feeling too long. This film is a waste of time!
  • April 2, 2012

    The film plays effectively as a homage to other claustrophobic thrillers such as Phone Booth and Vacancy in remarkable detail with it's fine direction and inspired story and yet it doesn't come together a... read mores anything that remarkable. Also, the acting is incredibly wooden with the exception of the great Josh Peck. But calling it bad is an overstatement entirely. The characters are likable enough, some moments are pretty tense, and overall it's decently constructed. It's biggest flaw is an entirely unfortunate lack of imagination and I think if it took a risk it could have been something decent. ATM is arguably unremarkable but not atrociously inadequate. I enjoyed it for the most part but I was sad because it could have done a lot more.
  • March 9, 2012
    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.

    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... read more 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.

Critic Reviews

Frank Scheck
April 6, 2012
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

This ATM-set horror film fails to dispense sufficient thrills. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
April 6, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

None of it builds to anything or engenders any real suspense. Full Review

Kyle Smith
April 6, 2012
Kyle Smith, New York Post

Not much about the movie makes sense, though there are occasional schlocky thrills. Full Review

Andy Webster
April 5, 2012
Andy Webster, New York Times

Mr. Brooks capitalizes on antiseptic, fluorescent interiors, while the score, by David Buckley, nicely accents stress points. Full Review

Glenn Whipp
April 5, 2012
Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times

Screenwriter Chris Sparling worked in confined spaces to far better effect before with the minimalist Ryan Reynolds thriller"Buried." He must have used his best ideas there. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
April 5, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

While "ATM" does offer a few jolts, we're paired with bland characters and an underrealized premise. Full Review

Scott Tobias
April 5, 2012
Scott Tobias, AV Club

Perfunctory killings outside, bickering ninnies inside: It's about as riveting as it sounds. Full Review

Chuck Wilson
April 3, 2012
Chuck Wilson, Village Voice

After memorably sealing Ryan Reynolds in a coffin in Buried, screenwriter Chris Sparling's attempts to make a two-ATM vestibule equally claustrophobic are less inspired... Full Review

Jeff Beck
January 16, 2013
Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered

ATM's flawed premise leads to a film that lacks the necessary tension and character development to keep the audience engaged in the story. Furthermore, the characters' unwillingness to act on their si... Full Review

Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
Jeff Beck,

[E]ven at the script stage, someone ought to have noticed how many holes were present in this story. Full Review

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    • David: I need a ride home, some money to spend, and someone to get me something to eat. I'm not intruding am I?
    • Emily: He's trying to drown us!
    • David: No. He's trying to freeze us.
    • Corey: He's just watching us.
    • Corey: Life's about choices man. One bad one can ruin every good one you have made.

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