Parents' Guide to

Hidden Strike

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent action thriller has some language, peril.

Movie NR 2023 143 minutes
Hidden Strike movie poster:  Jackie Chan and John Cena on a mission in the Middle East.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Another Islamophobic promotion

Another Arabs stereotyping movie, with a lack of respect for Islam. These two: Cena & Chan have lost any morality. Promotion of the false (American heroes); promotion of Islamophobia, and promotion of violence and disrespectful attitude towards any culture outside the US.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

If you're fine with far-fetched fight sequences and clunky dialogues, and so long as you don't dig too deep into the proverbial sands of this film's messages, the desert-set buddy thriller may entertain. Hidden Strike features rousing choreography carefully tailored to its lead duo's talents, namely Chan's martial arts skills and Cena's brute strength. The action is paired with buddy humor and a dash of cross-cultural commentary. In between fight sequences, and sometimes during, Chan and Cena engage in goofy verbal spars and mutual jabbing (the Americans come off worse). The storyline taps into fatigue with the so-called forever wars in the Middle East and a plague of mercenaries and corporations looking to profit off the devastated region. But don't expect much commentary on either.

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