By Brett Mullins
Directed by David Brooks; Written by Chris Sparling
On the way home from a Christmas office party, three coworkers become trapped in an ATM booth amid the freezing winter night. They are trapped by a mysterious man who quickly becomes hostile.
ATM stars a goofy Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck (Special), and a crowd favorite Alice Eve (The Raven, Big Nothing). Though Peck’s character was rather annoying, he and Eve delivered excellent performances. Geraghty’s role was awkward, and he was outclassed by his co-stars.
This film induced feelings of claustrophobia as the characters were seemingly trapped in the booth. This continues the theme set by writer Chris Sparling after the 2010 success Buried. The idea of characters locked in a room with the audience not quite knowing what will happen next gives the film a Saw flavor, though it’s likely that this element did not originate with seven film franchise.
The Saw elements are employed increasingly so as the film nears its conclusion, though not to a great success. One might find themselves saying "Why did they do that?!" while resting their face in their palms. Though the story comes full circle in the end, the audience will likely not be hooked for future films in this franchise.