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Code 8

Code 8 (2019) Movie Poster
Canada  •    •  98m  •    •  Directed by: Jeff Chan.  •  Starring: Stephen Amell, Robbie Amell, Kari Matchett, Laysla De Oliveira, Greg Bryk, Sung Kang, Peter Outerbridge, Shaun Benson, Aaron Abrams, Alex Mallari Jr., JaNae Armogan, Glenda Braganza, Kyla Kane.  •  Music by: Ryan Taubert.
       After committing a minor crime, a young and poor man with superpowers has a collision with the law enforcement agencies.


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Image from: Code 8 (2019)
Image from: Code 8 (2019)
"Code 8" is quite the indie success, it was heavily crowd-funded (2.1 million in kickstarter) and it seems to me no backer was let down. While presenting a story consisting of rather familiar arcs and themes, it's still packed tightly and driven forward by decent characters, good acting & well done special FX. It reminded me of the very recent indie feature "Freaks" - both of these movies deal with the x-men-esque story about humans with abilities & their trials and tribulations in the common world. Both movies are solid.

"Code 8" is a tale about Connor Reed (Robbie Amell), a man with certain abilities, living in a world where people like him are being suppressed. The desperation created by the circumstances around him drive him to risk his life and safety to make money, and so the many endeavours ensue. As I previously mentioned, the story is built of arcs and themes which are routine enough, but "Code 8" has a lot to compensate with. For starters, the (also familiar) characters are delivered by a cast of great actors, including the Amell cousins, Greg Byrk as the villain, Sunk Kang - whom I hadn't seen for a long time, and a likely overlooked performance by Kyla Kane. The most valued possession of "Code 8" is probably the special FX, cinematography and production design. For a movie of this budget it looks admirably awesome, the style is on-point and contained, no overkills, no on-the-noise cheap frames or visual solutions, might as well be a big-screen flick. Sound design's up there as well.

"Code 8" is like a humbler, more focused indie "X-men", a solid directional effort in the sci-fi genre that's not by any means flawless, but delivers most of what it promises. Personally, the one thing I disliked the most was the too conventional type of ending, a more extra ordinary last note would've been nice. I recommend "Code 8" to all the sci-fi lovers out there.

Review by TwistedContent from the Internet Movie Database.