John Rhys-Davies has been in an amazing amount of films (his current list on IMDB is at 258). The Welsh actor has done everything from Lord Of The Rings to Raiders Of The Lost Ark, even Aquaman but has also been in some, it’s fair to stay, stinkers.
One of his more recent films is Aux, known in the UK as Soldier Of War, which he also had a hand in producing. Soldier Of War is a British made, horror movie with a decent sized budget and some familiar faces alongside Davies.
Whilst Aux has some decent production values at times, and isn’t a bad idea, it suffers from being far too slow with the, effective when they happen, horror aspects far too infrequent.
There’s also a lack of focus: whilst we’d love Rhys-Davies to be front and centre, in truth he plays a bit-part with new detective Rosie Fellner (“The Trip To Italy”, “Heist”) and new partner Tristam Summers (“Hollyoaks (TV)”, “Johnny English Strikes Again”) taking centre stage.
But you also have Paul Reynolds (“Eddie The Eagle”, “Casualty (TV)”) as the DI then Gary Mavers (“Emmerdale (TV)”, “Casualty (TV)”) as the forensics officer and more. No-one seems to step-up and take charge of the movie, no-one seems to want to be front and centre.
The movie needed to be tightened up in the editing room and needed to be given a good focus point. The ‘bad guy’ in all of this, played by Glenn Salvage (“Essex Heist”, “Never Let Go”), is a former soldier, now back from the dead.