Story: The ‘greatest oil heist’ is going to take place on The Highway of Death in Baghdad, and it’s up to Chris Van Horne (John Cena) and Luo Feng (Jackie Chan) to stop it.
Luo Feng, played by Jackie Chan, is sent into a war-torn area to save a group of civilians. Feng, a seasoned military soldier, commands his well-trained troops into combat. Chris Van Horne, played by John Cena, has his heart set on caring for the children in the remote community in the middle of the desert. It does, however, demonstrate Cena’s commitment to his younger followers all across the world in real life.
It goes without saying that Chan and Cena together would make for a fun action movie. In addition to complementing Cena’s smashing brawler technique, Chan’s signature parkour-fu style also makes the pair entertaining to watch. Action movies that defy physics and logic have developed into a separate genre in Hollywood, for better or worse. The budget was set aside for specific set pieces, especially the one at the climax, because this is the movie’s main focus. But it is clear throughout the entire movie that filmmaker Scott Waugh was influenced by movies like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” even with the background score evoking some themes from that now-iconic picture. Unfortunately, several of the green screen effects aren’t keyed in as fluidly as they should be.
Nevertheless, Chan’s decades of experience in hand-to-hand combat guarantee outrageous battle choreography. He still pulls it off despite his advancing years, notably in one scenario involving foam of all things. Contrarily, Cena makes full use of his abilities to improvise and ad-lib lines as he cracks jokes to relieve the stress throughout his bloody battles. Both of them are not known for their award-winning acting, yet they manage to make sequences work by utilizing each other’s enthusiasm with funny results.
Because of their immense star power, neither star is replaceable, but that is to be anticipated from a movie that is so centered on celebrities and might perhaps spawn a sequel if it does well enough. “Hidden Strike,” a dull but entertaining movie, makes the most of Chan and Cena’s on-screen comic timing.