Cactus
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Two men on the wrong side of the law are brought together under perilous circumstances in this thriller from Australia, the first feature film for director Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan. Eli Jones (David Lyons) is a gambler whose luck has already taken a turn for the worse when he's attacked one night and wakes up the next morning bound and gagged in the back of a car. Behind the wheel is John Kelly (Travis McMahon), a man he's never met. Eli has no idea where he's going or why he's been abducted until John takes pity on him and removes the gag. As the two men talk, we learn that Eli… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cactus thrives on sparse dialogue and scant backstory, so the flood of information in the final act waters down what is otherwise a dark outback thriller."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"...Cactus feels like a short that's been awkwardly expanded to feature length."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This raw and ultra-basic film is more an exercise in building cinematic claustrophobia than servicing a traditional narrative."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Deeper and more complex than it appears at first sight, Cactus is a terrific low-budget Australian film with tough, macho themes that are supported by even tougher female elements"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Suspenseful misadventure gets off to a roaring start but doesn't deliver the goods."
‑ Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
"Cactus is the sort of film that grabs your attention from the beginning and holds on tight almost throughout, but vanishes from your mind the minute it's over."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan ("Kill Bill," "Mongol") leapfrogs into the director's chair with confidence; but her flawed, lightweight script betrays inexperience behind a keyboard."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"A lean and moody road-trip thriller, which though a little uneven, is nevertheless a deft piece of filmmaking."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This laconic Australian thriller-cum-road movie wastes no time in getting into gear."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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