If you are a fan of commercial cinema, you will probably like Hidden Strike
The biggest oil heist in the history is about to go down. Can two guys stop it?
Hidden Strike brings America and China’s action heroes Jackie Chan and John Cena together. While that does make for a great action film,
Jackie Chan as Dragon Luo is the legend at his best. He is still adorable and is just as good in action. The bonus here is that he talks in Chinese for the most parts.
John Cena in the role of Chris is not instantly appealing. Jackie Chan brings out his best side. Thanks to that, you see the difference in his first and last scene.
Pilou Asbaek comes as a surprise. He comes at a surprising time, in a surprising role. He tends to get better than even John Cena as the movie progresses. This one is undefeated from the first frame to the last.
Chunrui Ma as Luo’s daughter is somewhere between a damsel in distress and the woman who knows how to take charge. Her emotions and actions are all over the place but that’s exactly what makes her character so special.
Jackie Chan vs John Cena was supposed to be an interesting scene and while it is, the shot is not as up to the mark as expected. Their expressions cannot get as intense thanks to the additional tunes.
What follows later, though, is heartwarming. Chan, of course, brings out the most of that emotion. This is, obviously, after a lot of high-octane action. The action, too, follows comedy.
They all are stuck in a warzone. This is usually one of the success formulas when it comes to movies, given it meets the gruesome reality with thrill. It is the same with this movie.
The movie also tends to give Mad Max vibes in a scene. That continues, thanks to the whole film being shot in a desert.
This time, the action involves falling buildings. Somehow, that works in favour of the film.
There's action without guns too. As expected, Chan excels in that.
The film defies all logic. So, if you are looking simply for entertainment, then this one is for you.
The way the film is shot, especially the last scene of it, makes this one look like a wonder playing on screen. Dust fills up your screen but despite that, you get into the thrill that the scene would bring.
The Scott Waugh directorial is entertaining. The movie is not for those who look for logic. It is for those who love commercial cinema.