Good, Bad & Ugly Review: ATM



Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 11% (Critics) / 29% (Audience)
Directed By: David Brooks
Written By: Chris Sparling
Starring: Alice Eve, Josh Peck and Brian Geraghty
Studio: IFC Films

Synopsis: 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. (Source)

The Good:
Alice Eve sure is purty ta look at.

The Bad:
Where to begin? First things first…this is the most preposterous film ever made. When I posted about this trailer a little while back I made mention of just how silly the premise was but the trailer made it look like somehow this movie was going to overcome that silliness but that was not the case. The viewer is asked to suspend disbelief on so many occasions that it just becomes frustrating. Here are just a few of the questions that ran trough my head while watching this: Why didn’t the two able bodied, physically fit young men just walk out of the ATM and beat the living hell out of Parka Man? Add in the also physically fit Alice Eve and you had a three on situation. Why when they heard Parka Man in the back of the ATM fiddling around with things didn’t they all just make a run for it? How exactly did Parka Man set up that booby trap without the three victims noticing when it was put in place directly in their line of sight? Why the hell did no one in this movie park their car close to the ATM? Everyone seemed to park a country mile away from the ATM despite it being the middle of the night in an empty parking lot! If Parka Man actually planned this out to the minutest detail he had schematics of the freaking ATM for heaven’s sake!) why didn’t he bring any weapons or equipment with him? He seemed to be making things up on the spot using items he found in the victims trunk and the surrounding shopping center. Is that particular design of parka that Parka Man was wearing really popular enough that almost everyone in the movies seemed to be wearing it?

The Ugly:
This entire movie was a gigantic clusterfuck of idiocy but the worst of it was how stupid the three co-workers had to behave in order for any of the bad things that happened to occur. The unintentional hilarity of it all was also completely crushed under the weight of how seriously the movie was directed.

Final Verdict: This movie is pure shit. I am angry at myself for sitting through it and have no fonder wish than to completely remove all memory of it from my mind. I’m just sorry I can’t give it a lower grade. F

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