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Code 8 (2019)

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A super-powered construction worker falls in with a group of criminals in order to raise the funds to help his ill mother.

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Jeff Chan

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Chris Pare (screenplay by), Jeff Chan (story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Matchett ... Mary Reed
Robbie Amell ... Connor Reed
Penny Eizenga ... Receptionist
Lawrence Bayne ... Big Joe
Jai Jai Jones ... Travis
Alex Mallari Jr. ... Rainer
Shaun Benson ... Dixon
Sung Kang ... Park
Aaron Abrams ... Davis
Martin Roach ... Captain Milltown
Nneka Elliott ... Reporter
Matthew Gouveia Matthew Gouveia ... Dave - Grocery Store Manager
Kevin Claydon ... Truck Passenger
Stephen Amell ... Garrett
Laysla De Oliveira ... Maddy
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In a world where people with "special" abilities are living in poverty, Conner Reed (Robbie Amell) is a powerful young man who is struggling to pay for his ailing mother's medical treatment. To earn money, he joins a lucrative criminal world led by Garrett (Stephen Amell), who works for a drug lord (Greg Bryk).

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The title Code 8 apparently is short code for "Robbery in progress" or similar. One of the officers calls this out on the radio, when their transport is hijacked. See more »

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(at around 55mn) A supposedly very heavy concrete barrier is moved, but the pickup truck it was loaded on does not budge, and it can't even carry such a load anyways. See more »

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Would have worked better as a TV show.
17 January 2020 | by stevenrotherforthSee all my reviews

Code 8

It is obvious that this Indie Sci-Fi from Director Jeff Chan takes inspiration from the X Men franchise but it also has a Neill Blomkamp vibe. Set in a world where some humans have extraordinary gifts. These powered individuals live in poverty. Their gifts are more of a burden and anyone caught using their special abilities must answer to the law. A powered construction worker played by Robbie Amell falls in with a criminal gang when he desperately needs to raise money for his sick mother.

As aforementioned this film is heavily influenced by the X Men movies but it does have its own unique premise. Sadly the execution of this premise is slightly lacking. Performances by all are commendable. The audience will grow to care for what happens to those onscreen due to some decent acting. However this story would have been better told as a TV series rather than a 1hr 38min movie. The world which is created onscreen is one that can be expanded upon. An episodic TV show would have allowed the created universe and characters to flourish. I have read somewhere that Robbie and Co-star Stephen Amell are actually developing a continuation for the small screen.

Considering that this films production budget was crowd funded and was only a measly $2.1 million the special effects are really quite impressive. This is where the Neill Blomkamp vibe becomes apparent. The robotic police officers in the movie reminded me of the robot designs in 'Elysium' or perhaps 'Chappie'. But it is painfully obvious that it is just a man in a suit rather than a CGI creation. This is where budget constraints are visible. Still the aerial shots of the drones deploying the robots was rather cool. This is a film that does punch above its weight in terms of the visuals effects.

'Code 8' is certainly worth checking out. It's probably a movie that won't linger in the memory banks for long but the expansion of the universe created by this film in the form of a TV show would be most welcome.


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13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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