Another Dark, Disappointing Ending
Release Date: April 06, 2012
Starring: Josh Peck, Alice Eve, Brian
Geraghty, Aaron Hughes, Omar
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films/Rainbow Media
Director: David Brooks
Executive Producer: Dan Clifton
Producer: Peter Safran, Paul Brooks,
Writer: Chris Sparling
Address Comments To:Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC (Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500; Website: www.rainbow-media.com
In the basic story, an incredibly clever killer – who never says a word, never shows his face, and never reveals his motives – traps three young investment bankers in an isolated glass-enclosed ATM lobby or booth in the middle of the night amid freezing temperatures. He then tries numerous to break into the booth and kill them.
The bankers are first shown at a Christmas party at their office. Corey discusses working up the nerve to ask Emily out. His office pal, David, convinces him to approach her right then and offer her a ride home, before the friend begs a ride too since he’s too drunk to drive. On the way home, far outside the city, they stop for cash at an isolated ATM. There, they are menaced by a mysterious, very large figure whose unseen face is shrouded by a winter coat.
It soon becomes clear the mystery man wants them dead after he kills a passerby and a security guard outside the booth. The rest of the movie consists of numerous cat and mouse battles between the young trio and the killer. The victims decide to wait out the freezing cold and dark of night until morning, when they expect help to come.
[SPOILERS FOLLOW] The killer proceeds to terrorize them in numerous ways. He floods the booth with water. He slams a truck through the glass. He also lures the bankers out of the booth in several dangerous escape attempts that don’t pay off. Ultimately, the killer escapes and manages to frame the one banker who heroically survives.
ATM is intriguing because it’s skillfully made by first-time director David Brooks and writer Chris Sparling. They and the cast create characters the audience can empathize with and cheer. The movie’s early restraint with foul language and violence loosens, however. Especially as the stakes rise toward the climactic battle. Also, some things don’t make sense in the plot. Finally, the killer’s success at the end is disappointing, dark, and grim. So, ATM ends up being unacceptable. In terms of both entertainment and morality.
ATM is skillfully made. The writer, director, and cast create characters the audience can empathize with and cheer. The movie’s early restraint with foul language and violence loosens, however. Especially as the stakes rise toward the climactic battle. And, some things don’t make sense in the plot. Finally, the killer’s success at the end is disappointing, dark, and grim. So, ATM ends up being unacceptable. In terms of both entertainment and morality.