Sci-Fi Code 8 (Netflix, 2020)


Code Monkey
Staff member
Mar 20, 2004
Code 8 is new Netflix movie starring brothers Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell. The premise is pretty simple, in an alternative Los Angeles there is a clash between "powered" people, those who have abilities like super strength or able to control electricity or read minds or telekinesis and others, and the remaining 96% of the population that sees them as a thread. Based on the short film by the same name, this version goes deeper into the themes of xenophobia and the story of what a person is willing to do to save somebody else.

Unfortunately there really isn't any new territory covered. The main character, played by Robbie Amell, is shown in a story seen plenty of times before -- somebody who is just trying to get by in an otherwise miserable life and he needs to discover how far he is willing to go to save somebody he loves. The technology used by the police include large drones that are able to deploy humanoid robots named "Guardians" that act as both quick responders to crime scenes and as aids to human officers in dangerous situations. And that's essentially the entire movie. It feels more like an expanded version of an indie movie from Asylum films meant for straight-to-streaming or SyFy than a big budget film.

If you're stuck at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown of 2020 then certainly add this one to your queue as a time filler, just don't expect too much out of it.



Jun 6, 2018
Just watched this last night, and agree with your analysis. The story was very paint-by-the-numbers. It's fairly well done technically, decently acted and shot, but nothing special. I like the premise, and it was entertaining, but nothing I'll watch again.
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