We first talked about the indy scifi flick, Code 8 starring Stephen and Robbie Amell (The Arrow, The Flash) in 2016 when they made a short film version of the story to prove to investors that the movie was worth making. Almost three full years later, the film is now made and heading to theaters and on-demand in December. From the look of the trailer, it appears it might have actually been worth the wait. At the very least, it’s coming from an interesting angle that we don’t generally get to see in this kind of film.
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.