Code 8

2019

Code 8

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Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, they face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime. Connor Reed (Robbie Amell), a power-enabled young man, is struggling to pay for his ailing mother's (Kari Matchett) health treatment. Fighting to earn enough money as a day laborer, Connor is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen Amell) who works for Lincoln City's reigning drug lord, Marcus Sutcliffe (Greg Bryk). Garrett helps Connor sharpen his powers in order to execute a series of crimes on behalf of Sutcliffe, while a militarized police unit, led by Agent Park (Sung Kang) and Agent Davis (Aaron Abrams), hunts them down.

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Robbie Amell
as Connor Reed
Sung Kang
as Agent Park
Greg Byrk
as Marcus Sutcliffe
Aaron Abrams
as Agent Davis

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Critic Reviews for Code 8

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2)

  • Humorless but unpretentious, the film will play well with those seeking new takes on superhero tropes... while others will resent having a still-viable non-comics genre infected by angsty mutants.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Essentially a humbler, grungier indie "X-Men" without the same dependence on splashy effects, "Code 8" is a solid genre effort from director Jeff Chan.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The ideas outpace the action in a movie that's clearly been made with passion and intelligence, but without the kind of zip that this kind of story demands.

    Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In many instances, Code 8 is exhilarating, gruesome, and touching, and its unique premise may very well be appreciated across genres.

    Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Noteworthy more for its ambition than execution, this science-fiction crime thriller features strong production values but a wobbly script.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Code 8 works better as a proof of concept than a standalone sci-fi thriller, serving up fascinating world-building with a fairly basic story.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Code 8

  • Dec 30, 2019
    I thought the trailer made Code 8 look like it was gonna be pretty bad, but I liked the premise, and I wanted to see what Stephen Amell could do in a 2019 feature film, so I gave it a chance, and while I don't think it was great, it was better than I had been expecting. There were some bits that sort of reminded me of last year's Darkest Minds, and that's definitely a bad thing, but overall it was actually pretty decent. It goes for both the social commentary, and a *pew pew splodey zap zap* action crime thriller. It doesn't work spectacularly as either, but it tries, and its failures certainly are not abysmal ones.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2019
    A nice Canadian sci-fi about a society that fears mutants (sound familiar?) only taken to a wee bit of an extreme in that they're treated like blacks are treated in the United States nowadays: with suspicion. How to live decently in the face of all that hatred? In this story our anti-hero is forced into a life of crime given societal attitudes...will he choose to embrace a society that fears and hates him? Can he? What about his poor sick dying mama? And the technically advanced police force, could they be more, er, sadistic? Yes, a touch heavy-handed, but not entirely boring.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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