Jeff Chan

Code 8

Canada 2019 * 98 min

”With so many stories being brought to the screen involving either good or evil superheroes and the powers they posses it was inevitable that film makers would look for alternative tales within the genre. In Code 8 the focus is on people with extraordinary powers. But instead of heroes and villains we get to view them in a very relevant and timely way.

Lincoln city, the setting for the movie, was built on the sweat and effort of people with poses. Once fully up and running the authorities instigated a backlash against the very people at he core of the city. They were marginalised to the point of unable to get decent jobs, no hope of careers and have become the people to avoid by normal society. Conner is one such individual. Working on construction sites as a day labourer and not getting close to a permanent job leads him into the world of crime in order to pay the bills and try to find some extra cash to help his sick mother. As he embarks on a couple of low level jobs, his talents harnessing electricity take him deeper into more lucrative work which in turn becomes more dangerous. —

Why the film works is relatively straightforward to explain. It has a good cast of well known actors, all of who know how to command the screen and impose their acting style onto characters that may read as being one dimensional on the page. The script is tight with little in the way of extraneous side plots to distract you. it also makes full use of its Sci-Fi basis in order to tell a tale that is essentially a crime drama.” – John McArthur / Moviescramble

Director: Jeff Chan
Writer: Chris Pare
Producer(s): Jeff Chan
Cinematographer: Alex Disenhof
Music: Ryan Taubert
Cast: Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell, Sung Kang, Alex Mallari Jr., Aaron Abrams