Code 8

Code 8

Blu-ray Disc - 2020
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In a world where people with "exceptional" skills are living in poverty, Conner Reed is a strong young man who is laboring to pay for his sick mother's medical treatment. To earn money, he joins a profitable criminal domain led by Garrett, who works for a drug lord.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: BLU FIC COD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
polychrome, rdacc
digital, rdatr
optical, rdarm
surround, rdacpc
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
widescreen
HDTV, rdabs
video file, rdaft
Blu-ray video
region A, rdare
Alternative Title: Code eight

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Oct 01, 2020

Not bad, not good, just average.

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hooppii
Sep 01, 2020

This movie wasted a lot of good actors with poor directing and dialogue. The story appears disjointed at parts, dialogue is laboured, directing mismatched the actors, timing, scenes, and all. What a waste. The concept was an interesting one, cast was good but all poorly stitched together for a less than stellar movie. Maybe reserve this for a long intercontinental plane ride where there is absolutely nothing else to watch.

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BPDaegan
Aug 28, 2020

Code 8 completely missed my radar -- released Dec2019 -- if you're a Sci-Fi / superhero fan and you haven't seen it I'd recommend putting it on your to-view list!

In a near-future 4% of people have developed powers -- not so unlike the Marvel X-Men. Instead of becoming super-heroes, society has re-positioned them to be 2nd-class citizens. These people are regulated, can only use their powers for employment if they can afford a special license, and while they have essentially the same rights as non-powered citizens they largely get pushed aside in society -- relegating them to often take menial jobs, cash-for-labor jobs, or resort to crime. (According to some people that makes me 9 -- but then I would recommend not showing this to anyone under 18!)

What I like about this film is that it features actors I haven't seen much, some of whom I'd like to see more. Among them are Robbie Amell (Firestorm / Deathstorm in the Flash / Arrow TV series) his first cousin Stephen Amell (Green Arrow in the Arrow TV show), and Sung Kang (Fast & Furious). The film-style has grittiness and a subtle touch of you-are-there -- but not so much as the Quarantine films, Blair Witch Project, or Cloverfield films (which pretty well drove me bonkers .... oh, except Blair Witch, that drove me to napping). I like the What-If looking at these characters as the possible emergence of the X-Men, or mutants that didn't get the support and spandex of Charles Xavier's school. Heck, I like the SWAT robots that the police deploy when going toe-to-toe with the power-people.

Check out Code 8 -- I've been enjoying it and am excited to see what the 2nd half of this film has to reveal!

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waterbrother
Feb 28, 2020

not much to recommend...though I have seen worse..
ie AD ASTRA

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StarGladiator
Feb 19, 2020

What a profound social statement!
What non-stop action!
Just kidding, this was a total pile of stinky poop!
Was this a money-laundering gimmick? A tax shelter gimmick? Or combination of the two?
Why would anyone make such crud?
[OK, this might appeal to the 9 year-old to 11-year-old set who have never seen a TV series or movie in their lives, but otherwise . . . .]

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