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Code 8: Part II’ (2024) Review: Superpowers, Sequels, and the Amells - Oh My!

Follows a girl fighting to get justice for her slain brother by corrupt police officers. She enlists the help of an ex-con and his former partner, they face a highly regarded and well protected police sergeant who doesn't want to be.

Ah, the sweet scent of sequel-itis is in the air again, and this time, it's infected the Amell cousins, Robbie and Stephen, along with Alex Mallari Jr., in the low-budget superhero saga, "Code 8: Part II." Let's dive into this cinematic experience that Netflix decided was worth the gamble, shall we?

The plot thickens, or rather, recycles a bit from the superhero genre's leftover bin, as we follow a girl hell-bent on avenging her brother, slain by those who are supposed to protect us—yes, the corrupt police. Our heroine teams up with an ex-con and his buddy to face off against a police sergeant who's about as welcome as a skunk at a garden party. Original? Maybe not. Entertaining? You bet your last popcorn kernel it is.

What tickled my fancy:

First off, a round of applause for not needing to watch the first "Code 8" to understand this one. It's like skipping the appetizer and still enjoying your meal.

The movie's charm lies in its low-budget glory, focusing on storytelling rather than making you feel like you're on a 4D theme park ride. Less is more, folks.

A refreshing take on the superhero genre that doesn't involve someone bitten by a radioactive critter. The focus on our main heroes (and antiheroes) is a breath of fresh air in a market saturated with capes and spandex.

What made me roll my eyes:

Ah, the Hollywood sequel machine never disappoints, always leaving breadcrumbs for another installment. Because why finish a story in one go when you can milk it for all it's worth?

Echoing the choir of other reviewers, this gem might shine brighter as a TV series. Imagine the character development! The plot twists! The potential for more Amell family reunions!

Extra tidbits:

Netflix swooped in like a superhero saving the day, securing the rights for this sequel set to begin shooting in the latter part of 2021. The streaming giant's track record with superhero flicks is hit or miss, so let's see if they can turn "Code 8: Part II" into a franchise or if it'll join the ranks of "nice try, better luck next time."

Final Verdict: 7.1/10

"Code 8: Part II" isn't trying to reinvent the wheel; it's more like putting flashy rims on an old car. It’s a fun ride, especially if you're not expecting a Ferrari.

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