ATM (film)

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ATM
ATM film poster.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed by David Brooks
Produced by Paul Brooks
Peter Safran
Sarah Pineau (Eva Alexander)
Screenplay by Chris Sparling
Story by Chris Sparling
Ron Tippe
Starring Brian Geraghty
Alice Eve
Josh Peck
Music by David Buckley
Cinematography Bengt Jonsson
Edited by David Brooks
Production
company
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • April 6, 2012 (2012-04-06)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million
Box office $1,084,053[1]

ATM is a 2012 American horror thriller film directed by David Brooks and starring Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, and Josh Peck. The films centers on three people trapped in an ATM booth by a pyschopathic hooded figure.

Plot[edit]

David Hargrove (Brian Geraghty) is an accountant having trouble asking out his co-worker Emily Brandt (Alice Eve), who is resigning for a position with the MPO. At a Christmas party, David offers to drop Emily home. Reluctantly, David also agrees to drive home his other co-worker Corey Thompson (Josh Peck), who accompanies them. During the car ride at midnight, Corey forces David to stop at a local ATM booth, needing to get cash to buy pizza at a restaurant.

David spites Corey by parking some distance away, making him walk. However, David and Emily join Corey inside when he encounters card problems. When the three are about to leave, they spot a hooded figure (Mike O'Brian) in a parka coat lurking outside in the parking lot. They panic and Corey suggests they return to the car, but David and Emily suspect the figure to be a robber. They also discover he cannot enter without an ATM card, though other circumstances soon prove this wrong.

When the hooded man murders a dog walker, they attempt to phone the police, only to realize that their cellphones are left in the car. The hooded man shuts down the booth's heater, rendering the booth cold to match the weather. David opts to negotiate their safety by giving the killer $500, earrings and a watch. He uses this to escape to his car where he finds out the wires are severed, and the car cannot drive. David attempts to call the police and barely makes it back inside the booth without the phone after he is attacked by the pursuing figure.

Trying to lure assistance, Emily then uses her lipstick to write "HELP" on the booth's window, as the hooded figure tidies the scene outside. David, Emily and Corey are freezing when eventually a security guard (Ernesto Griffith) locates them. When the guard tries to call the cops, the hooded man kills him using a tire iron from David's car trunk, leaving the three witnesses despondent. When a man with a similar coat abruptly enters the booth, he is subdued and killed by David and Corey, but is later revealed to be only an innocent janitor. Frustrated, Corey takes the janitor's coat and leaves, but gets caught and stabbed by the hooded man.

After several hours, David and Emily realize Corey is still alive. They retrieve him from outside, narrowly managing to return to the booth before the hooded man can get to them. The hooded man then blocks the booth door with David's car. The hooded man tries to freeze them out by filling the booth with cold water, and Corey eventually dies of blood loss and hypothermia. Concocting a plan, David elevates Emily on his shoulders to successfully trigger the fire sprinkler system alarm using Corey's lighter, a trash can, and some paper; but Emily falls, hitting her head, and dies afterwards.

Relentless, the hooded man sends the security guard's car into David's car which slams into the booth and breaks it down. Angered, David improvises a Molotov cocktail and throws it at the hooded killer, but the figure he sets ablaze turns out to be the dead security guard in a parka coat. The police arrive and David is arrested as the hooded man conceals himself. As David is driven away, he sees many unknown figures wearing parka coats in the crowd at the crime scene. The police recover surveillance recordings of the events within the ATM booth, but it is made clear the killer had planned his actions so as not to appear in the footage, effectively framing David for the killer's crimes. The killer has also planted other evidence against David. In the final scene of the film and throughout the credits, the hooded man, who remains unknown, returns to his headquarters, where he begins to map out similar attacks on a mini-mart, a farm house, and other ATMs.

Cast[edit]

  • Brian Geraghty as David Hargrove
  • Alice Eve as Emily Brandt
  • Josh Peck as Corey Thompson
  • Mike O'Brian as The Man
  • Robert Huculak as Robert
  • Ernesto Griffith as Security Guard
  • Bryan Clark as Jerry
  • Daniel De Jaeger as Luke
  • Omar Khan as Christian
  • Aaron Hughes as Patrolman
  • Will Woytowich as Sargent
  • Glen Thompson as Harold

Production[edit]

Filming began September 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Actress Margarita Levieva was set to play the female lead before being replaced by Alice Eve.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film was panned by critics, with a "Rotten" rating of 9% on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.

Release[edit]

The film was released to video on demand services such as Comcast and Zune on March 6, 2012. On July 31, 2012, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray. Both formats feature the rated 90-minute theatrical version of the film, as well as an unrated 85-minute Director's cut. They also both include a making-of/behind-the-scenes featurette, and the original theatrical trailer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ATM (2012) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Buried' Writer Withdrawals Three Leads For 'ATM'". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 

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