If like me you’re a fan of Science-Fiction and use the internet to stay up-to-date with all the latest Sci-Fi news then there’s a good chance you’ve already discovered Robbie & Stephen Amell’s short film Code 8. Currently setting the blogosphere alight with its tale of humans who possess supernatural powers, this 10-minute film acts a precursor for a larger narrative the duo are currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo.
Narratively Code 8 isn’t exactly breaking new ground, think X-Men meets District 9 and that seems to be the premise in a nutshell, but it more than makes up for its lack of originality in the storytelling department with some stellar production values and assured performances. Quickly immersing you in a world where those who are born with abnormal capabilities are forced to live in poverty, Code 8 follows Robbie Amell’s (The Flash, The X-Files) Taylor Reed as he struggles to control his powers as everyday life grinds him down.
Though listed as the ‘Drone Pilot’ in the credits, the short doesn’t star Robbie’s brother Stephen (Arrow, The Flash) due to work commitments, but he admits on their Indiegogo page he’s going to do everything he can to help make this a feature film. The duo are keen not to say too much about how their narrative will develop, but they do reveal the following in their crowdfunding campaign – “this movie will be intense, it will feel real, and you will see a side of Robbie and Stephen that you haven’t seen before. Oh, and there will be robots, superpowers, and a ton of badass action”.
Following hot on the heels of Factory Fifteen’s ANA and David Karlak’s Rise there might be some of you out there getting a little bored with the Sci-Fi proof-of-concept short, but it’s a trend that shows no signs of subsiding and with the impressive production on show in Code 8 and the star power behind it, we’re certain this is a storyline we’re going to see more of (the Indiegogo campaign has already exceeded it’s $200k target and still has some time to run).
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