Cactus (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Cactus feels like a short that's been awkwardly expanded to feature length.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

This raw and ultra-basic film is more an exercise in building cinematic claustrophobia than servicing a traditional narrative.

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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter

Suspenseful misadventure gets off to a roaring start but doesn't deliver the goods.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture.

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Russell Edwards

Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan ("Kill Bill," "Mongol") leapfrogs into the director's chair with confidence; but her flawed, lightweight script betrays inexperience behind a keyboard.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

A lean and moody road-trip thriller, which though a little uneven, is nevertheless a deft piece of filmmaking.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

This laconic Australian thriller-cum-road movie wastes no time in getting into gear.

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A lot of people talking about Australian cinematography are spending more time reading critics instead of watching movies! If I read the critics I would skip… More