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Code 8 (2019)

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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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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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.

December 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.

December 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

December 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.

January 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Noteworthy more for its ambition than execution, this science-fiction crime thriller features strong production values but a wobbly script.

December 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.

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

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