Actors and cousins Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell produced and starred in a short film called Code 8. Evidently they were really happy with the turnout and so were fans because through crowdfunding they raised over two million dollars and have now shot and wrapped a feature length Code 8.
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.
The idea of genetic mutation isn’t necessarily an original idea in science fiction but this trope is quite often successful because there is so much to mine there. In this film, the look and feel is quite dark and more adult than you see in other films with the ‘mutant’ theme. It definitely looks like an independent film which in this case, I think, is a great thing. I’m looking forward to seeing a film where there was a lot of passion that went in the creation of the story.
In theaters and On Demand on December 13, 2019.