Code 8 (2019) – Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell

7.5/10 — Not much of a martial arts movie per se, but many of the characters in this modest sci-fi action movie have special powers like telekinesis, electrocution and healing abilities. Plenty of action, and a pretty good cast. Not much plot, but quite worth watching if you’re bored and are a fan of this genre and haven’t seen this movie before.

Robbie Amell does a pretty good job as the main hero of the movie, with electrical powers. Stephen Amell (Robbie’s real-life cousin) also did a pretty good job playing the semi-bad guy with telekinetic powers who befriends Robbie by giving him a shady job. Sung Kang also impresses as a senior police officer who has a soft spot for Robbie’s character. These were the main standout cast members to me, but some other supporting actors put in strong performances too, such as Vlad Alexis (telekinetic), Laysla De Oliveira (pyro), and Simon Northwood (nearly indestructible) although these people only had minor supporting roles. Some other actors did a decent job too, such as Greg Bryk (mindreader) and Aaron Abrams (police officer). Further cast members that I haven’t named here, were not necessarily bad, they just didn’t stand out so much to me – this may be due to the lack of substance in their role, or they may have had more of a soap opera vibe which is not my cup of tea.

If you enjoyed Code 8, you may also be interested in the sequel, Code 8: Part II (2024).