At 69 years old, Jackie Chan is proving he’s just as much of a Hollywood legend as ever with his new film, Hidden Strike, shooting to the top of various Netflix charts.
The new movie, which unites Chan with Peacemaker cast member John Cena, follows two special forces soldiers (Chan and Cena) as they undertake the dangerous task of escorting Iraqi civilians across what is known as Baghdad’s ‘Highway of Death.’
The Jackie Chan movie takes inspiration from real life because the ‘Highway of Death’ — which was officially known as Highway 80 — actually existed during the Gulf War. The six-lane highway ran between the edge of Kuwait City in Iraq and the city of Basra.
The highway got its name after the US Armed Forces launched a coordinated land, air, and sea attack against the Iraqi trucks and tanks occupying the highway. The attack lasted ten hours, and the exact death toll from the 1991 attack is still unknown, although it is estimated to be in the thousands.
Directed by Scott Waugh, Chan stars in Hidden Strike as Commander Luo, a soldier tasked with escorting 500 civilians through Highway 80 to the Green Zone after their home is attacked by dangerous rebels seeking to overtake an oil refinery. Meanwhile, Cena stars as former Marine Chris, who ends up joining forces with Chan.
While reviews for Hidden Strike are mixed, the action movie‘s explosive success on Netflix speaks for itself, as it dominates the streamer’s global top ten. Since its July 6 release, the Netflix movie has amassed 37 million hours watched on the streamer — with 22 million viewers around the world tuning in last week alone.
If you loved Hidden Strike, be sure to check out everything else new on Netflix this month, including new Netflix series, Netflix documentaries, and Netflix horror movies. You should also keep an ear out for other upcoming action movies coming your way soon with our guides to The Equalizer 3 release date and The Expendables 4 release date.
Or, check out some action movie classics with our guides on the best John Wick movies, how to watch all the James Bond movies in order, how to watch all the Mission Impossible movies in order, and how to watch all the Fast and Furious movies in order.