|Genres:||Science Fiction, Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama|
|Crew:||Executive Producer: Robert Jones | Stunts: Nick Alachiotis | Unit Production Manager: Brian Campbell | Executive Producer: Sung Kang | Executive Producer: Mary Anne Waterhouse | Stunts: Matt Birman | Executive Producer: Stephen Amell | Dialogue Editor: Dustin Harris | Stunts: John Stead | Stunts: Tig Fong|
In Lincoln City, some inhabitants have extraordinary abilities. Most live below the poverty line, under the close surveillance of a heavily militarized police force. Connor, a construction worker with powers, involves with a criminal gang to help his ailing mother. (Based on the short film “Code 8,” 2016.)
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.
Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.