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So the Amell cousins (Stephen and Robbie, from Arrow and The Flash fame) have decided to created their own Sci-Fi oriented feature film. But for them to get it going, they're crowdfunding it. And to crowdfund it, they released an introductory short-film, just so you get excited enough to invest your hard-earned cash in something that could be amazing. But as it stands right now, I can't say I'm entirely impressed.

In a world where people with powers are watched by their own government, Taylor (Robbie Amell) and Freddie (Aaron Abrams) are two of the "special" kind, that use their skill mainly as illegal construction workers. Things end up not working out when the employer pays less than promised, and that's when things get interesting.

The whole futuristic police approach is interesting. A crime is called in and initially investigated by a drone. The drone then sends down to A.I. robots as backup and call in the human counterpart of the police department, where we're even greeted by a brief appearance by Sung Kang. Not something that you'd think of in a setting like this, but as they say, the devil's in the details.

Directed by Jeff Chan (those Call of Duty shorts you loved so much), Code 8 works very well as a pitch to something bigger, better and brighter. I'm sure of it. But as a stand-alone short-film, it focuses more on the visuals than trying to tell you a compelling story. As it stands, I'm unable to put in any money. It looks like too many movies I've seen on a rainy afternoon, but it feels like it wants to do better. But I can't play on assumptions.

You can watch Code 8 below and let me know your thoughts!


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