Late at night on a lonely highway. Senga and her teenage daughter Nat have a long journey ahead of them. On their trip, they encounter a series of strange characters and surreal sights; a vacation couple photographing the debris of a car crash, a baby crawling in the middle of the road and a recovery man trawling the night waiting for things to happen. Breaking from their trip and its nightmarish visions, they encounter a mysterious bag packer. He entices Nat away with the offer of freedom and the promise of an alternative existence with a young blood-lusting cult. Senga gives chase and is driven into a dark, deranged world where she must confront the nightmares of her past to protect her daughter.
Music video director Marcus Adams scored a big hit at the UK box office in 2002 with his thrilling debut Long Time Dead. His second feature, Octane, is a horror road movie with an interesting cast, a confident visual style and a spooky score by Orbital. Besides Madeleine Stowe (Last of the Mohicans, Blink) as Senga, Octane features Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Velvet Goldmine, The Tesseract), Mischa Barton (Lawn Dogs, The Sixth Sense), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, Blade II) and Bijou Phillips (Bully).