It's officially January 2024, and we've already seen so many new movies and shows get added to Netflix. But unfortunately, we've also seen some departures as well. This is a normal occurrence that happens every month on the streamer.
While Netflix does produce many of its own shows and movies, the streaming giant also purchases the streaming rights to shows and movies from TV production companies, movie studios, and distributors. Through a licensing agreement, Netflix gets the rights to stream a show/movie for a certain period of time. Once that time is up, the show/movie returns to the content owner. Or, sometimes Netflix can extend the licensing agreement and a show/movie can stay on the platform longer.
So far, we've seen licensed movies like BlacKkKlansman, Get Out and Ma depart Netflix this January. And sadly, there are still many more departures set. Here are five action movies currently streaming on Netflix that we strongly recommend you check out before they leave this month.
Departure date: Jan. 14, 2024
Based on the video game franchise of the same name by Naughty Dog comes an action-adventure film following a young man named Nathan Drake who teams up with a skilled treasure hunter named Sully to embark on a dangerous journey across the world to find the fabled lost treasure of the Magellan expedition.
Tom Holland, known for playing Spider-Man in several of the MCU superhero films, stars in the leading role as Nathan Drake, while Academy nominee Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Sully. Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas, and Rudy Pankow also star in the film.
The first three Spy Kids movies
Departure date: Jan. 12, 2024
Yes, you read that right. Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over are leaving Netflix this January. Don't worry, though. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World will remain on the streaming platform until further notice, and Spy Kids: Armageddon should stay on the platform as well since it's a Netflix original.
Spy Kids, which is the first film in the movie franchise, follows two young kids named Carmen and Juni, who become spies to stop an evil mastermind and rescue their parents from out of his clutches. The second film sees Carmen and Juni save the world from a genetic scientist and his creations, while Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over sees Juni make his way through a virtual reality game to save Carmen. Alexa Vega stars as Carmen Cortez and Daryl Sabara as Juni Cortez.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Departure date: Jan. 31, 2024
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an action-thriller film based on the novel 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff, which in turn talks about the real-life terrorist attack by Islamist militants of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The movie follows members of the elite Annex Security Team as they fight the militants and work to save the lives of the remaining Americans.
James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, and many others star in the movie.
Will you be watching any of these action-packed movies before they leave Netflix?