Code 8 is a 2019 Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Jeff Chan, about a man with superpowers who works with a group of criminals to raise money to help his sick mother. The film is a feature length version of the 2016 short film of the same name.
Reed, as his mother is dying, is desperate for money, more specifically, medical access. Reed is approached by a crime lord named Sutcliffe with money. Small jobs are completed without a hitch. Meanwhile, Reed meets Sutcliffe’s friend, Nia, a Healer and someone who can save Reed’s mother. As the day of big heist comes, the heist initially goes without a hitch, but some of Reed’s friends die as Sutcliffe double crosses them. Reed contacts Officer Park to get back at Sutcliffe. The cops and Reed raid Sutcliffe’s hideout. There, Reed learns Nia’s reason to refuse healing Reed’s mother. Healing ability comes with a price. The Healer takes injury every time they heal someone and Nia could die if she tries to heal Reed’s mother, given how ill Reed’s mother is. Reed forces Nia to go through with it, but finally releases Nia after he sees how painful the process is for her. Reed surrenders himself to cop to atone for his crimes.
In 2016, Robbie and Stephen Amell released a short film, Code 8, which acted as a teaser for a potential feature film. Asking for $200,000, an Indiegogo fundraising campaign quickly raised $1 million, and currently sits over $2 million. On June 12, 2017, Laysla De Oliveira was cast in the film.
Principal photography began on June 1, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.