A lean and moody road-trip thriller, which though a little uneven, is nevertheless a deft piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This raw and ultra-basic film is more an exercise in building cinematic claustrophobia than servicing a traditional narrative.
| Original Score: 3/5
The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This laconic Australian thriller-cum-road movie wastes no time in getting into gear.
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
...Cactus feels like a short that's been awkwardly expanded to feature length.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Suspenseful misadventure gets off to a roaring start but doesn't deliver the goods.
Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan ("Kill Bill," "Mongol") leapfrogs into the director's chair with confidence; but her flawed, lightweight script betrays inexperience behind a keyboard.
| Original Score: 2.5/4