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Cactus (2008)

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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 is deep in debt to powerful men who have hired John to kidnap him. John isn't a criminal by nature, but a series of family crises have forced him to raise some quick cash, and he's agreed to bring Eli to a rendezvous in the outback in exchange for a big payday. While Eli has worked out what he's convinced is a foolproof plan, fate brings others into the picture and his scheme begins to unravel, with dangerous consequences. Actor Bryan Brown served as executive producer on Cactus as well as playing a key supporting role.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
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On DVD:
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Cast

Bryan Brown
as Rosco
Travis McMahon
as John Kelly
David Lyons
as Eli Jones

Critic Reviews for Cactus

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

October 21, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2009
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Cactus

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 watching this film.... and I am glad I didn't. Interesting road movie by first time writer-director Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan. She was very good camera operator until this attempt as a director and now is showing us that is very capable woman doing both of those things very well. I like that this art work is not too commercial and I could describe it as esoteric. This film is NOT a masterpiece, but everything is done professionally without too much effort. I won't try to describe the plot, let me say that the journey of the two passengers is much more interesting than the destination.

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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