'ATM'

Two financial-biz rookies in sleek suits and their bottle-blonde, scream-queen colleague have themselves a mediocre little movie in "ATM."

Two financial-biz rookies in sleek suits and their bottle-blonde, scream-queen colleague have themselves a mediocre little movie in “ATM.” Manitoba-shot, yuletide-set title from frosh helmer David Brooks and screenwriter Chris Sparling (the claustrophobic “Buried”), about a cashless trio threatened by a faceless villain with a predilection for fur-lined hoodies, seems assembled from autopilot thriller material, with most of the dull dialogue devoted to plugging potential plot holes rather than anything resembling logic. IFC’s token theatrical release in Gotham, bizarrely timed to Passover/Good Friday, will provide small change; distrib is likelier to cash in on undiscriminating VOD consumers.

Insecure David (Brian Geraghty), who’s “left his balls at home,” manages to offer office hottie Emily (Alice Eve) a ride home after the corporate Christmas party. But a passive-aggressive colleague (Josh Peck) forces them to stop at a glass-lined cash machine in a parking lot first, where they’re cornered by a resourceful man (Mike O’Brien) with murderous intent who, rather laughably, seems afraid to approach them by using the front door. Acting’s never quite on the money, though HD lensing and f/x look smart on a budget. Costume design substitutes for character development.

ATM

U.S.-Canada

Production

An IFC Films release of a Gold Circle, the Safran Co. presentation of a Gold Circle, the Safran Co., Buffalo Gal Pics. production. Produced by Paul Brooks, Peter Safran. Executive producers, Joe MacCarthy, Leon Clarance, Scott Niemeyer, Dan Clifton. Co-producers, Phyllis Laing, Jeff Levine. Directed, edited by David Brooks. Screenplay, Chris Sparling, based on an idea by Sparling, Ron Tippe.

Crew

Camera (color/B&W, HD), Bengt Jan Jonsson; music, David Buckley; production designer, Craig Sandells; costume designer, Patti Henderson. Reviewed at IFC Center, New York, April 10, 2012. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Mike O'Brien, Robert Huculak, Ernesto Griffith, Bryan Clark, Dan De Jaeger, Omar Khan, Aaron Hughes, Will Woytowich, Glen Thompson.

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