Robbie Amell biography and review of his new movie, “Code 8: Part Part II”

Robbie Amell biography: If you are a fan of action and fantasy movies, you have probably seen the first part of the 2019 Code 8 movie. This movie has received a score of 6.1 on IMDb.
Today we are with you in the entertainment and celebrity introduction section of Eternalpen Internet Magazine with the Robbie Amell biography and the review of the second part of Code 8.

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Robbie Amell biography

Robbie Amell: Robert Patrick Amell IV (born April 21, 1988) is a Canadian-American actor and producer. He is best-known for his roles as Stephen Jameson on The CW series The Tomorrow People, Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm on The CW series The Flash, and Nathan Brown in the Prime Video series Upload. Other roles include Fred Jones in the films Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, The Hunters as Paxton Flynn, The DUFF as Wesley Rush, The Babysitter as Max, and the science fiction film Code 8 as Connor Reed; the latter of which also starred his cousin, Stephen Amell. He also appeared on television shows such as Life with Derek, True Jackson, VP, Unnatural History, and Revenge.

Stephen and Robbie Amell Hockey Game
Stephen and Robbie Amell Hockey Game / screenrant

For his education, Robbie Amell attended an Elementary School in his local area before progressing to Toronto’s Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute for his high school years. Upon completing his high school education, he further honed his skills by attending the Canadian Studios Acting Academy, where he received comprehensive training in acting. Robbie Amell is identified as a White Caucasian man with a mixed heritage.

Family, Siblings & Relationships

Robbie Amell was born to parents Rob Amell and Jo Amell. His father named Rob Amell and his mother named Jo Amell.

Robbie Amell is related to the famous actor Stephen Amell, who happens to be his older cousin.

Robbie Amell does, however, have one sister.

Robbie Amell’s marital status is married as of 2024. Robbie Amell is married to Italia Ricci. Their relationship dates back to 2009 when they began dating in Canada. They got engaged in 2014 and eventually tied the knot in 2016.

Robbie Amell & Italia Ricci
Robbie Amell & Italia Ricci / Getty / Paul Archuleta

The couple welcomed their first child, his son named Robert Amell V, in September of 2019.

There were rumors about Robbie Amell being romantically linked with Madeleine Mantock in 2014. Prior to his marriage to Italia Ricci, Robbie Amell was in a relationship with Hayley Kiyoko in 2008.

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Code 8 Part II poster

Code 8: Part II review

Quoted from rogerebert site, Code 8 story, Set five years after the events of the first film, Robbie Amell plays Connor, a small-time crook just out of prison. Stephen Amell plays Garrett, the drug kingpin Connor partnered with in an ill-fated attempt to save his dying mother. Both men are Powers, the title given to the 4% of the fictional Lincoln City’s population who have superpowers. These residents are treated as second class citizens, kept in poverty, and heavily policed.

The first film looked at how this disenfranchised reality forced many “powered” people to either hide their abilities or turn to a life of crime to survive. Their powers have also been used to create an addictive drug called Psyke, which is derived through their spinal fluid. Trafficking and deals made with the corrupt cops ensue.

In that film, Connor’s story collided with the good-hearted Officer Park (Sung Kang), whose eyes were opened to the corruption inherent in the police system in which he served. “Part II” seeks to further examine this corruption through the ambitious Sergeant “King” Kingston (Alex Mallari Jr.), who has instituted a new robotic K9 program (clearly inspired by the NYPD’s creepy robot dogs) to replace the more violent robotic “Guardians” that had been killing powereds indiscriminately in the previous film. He’s also got his hands in the Psyke business as well.

Robbie Amell in Code 8 Part II

Code 8: Part II

King tries to ingratiate the K9 robot cops with the community through a block party, introducing them to a unit named Piper. Although the K9s are designed to contain, not harm, when one unit kills one of Tarak (Sammy Azero), Garrett’s runners, we quickly see that they can indeed be commanded by a human officer to kill. So does Tarak’s fourteen-year-old sister Pavani (Sirena Gulamgaus). A transducer, Pavi is able to disrupt and disable the K9 unit, and transmit its incriminating video, proving the cops have lied about their non-violent solution for keeping peace in Lincoln City.

Of course, this means King wants her dead and Connor must team up with Garrett in order to keep her safe. There’s more twists and turns, as Garrett continues to try to play both sides between his drug business, helping his community, and keeping the cops at bay. Although the conflicted Officer Park doesn’t appear in this installment, his partner Officer Davis (Aaron Abrams) does. His role here is deeply underwritten and the positioning of him as an ally to Connor and co., sends a mixed message in terms of what the film thinks about the police. Is this a case of one bad apple gumming up the system, or is the whole system irredeemable? As the film barrels towards its inevitable climax, the answer to that question remains unclear.

Part of the problem is that the plotting is not as tight as the first film, which was penned solely by Chris Paré. Here he shares writing credits with Chan, Sherren Lee, and Jesse LaVercombe, and there may well be too many cooks in the kitchen. However, Chan’s visual world-building remains sharp. The whole film has big, dilapidated Rust Belt vibes, from the rundown community center where Conor works as a janitor to the greasy spoon diner where he meets up with Garett. Everything here is gray and cold and bleak.


The action sequences remain cheesy, but fun, with both Amells having committed deeply to the bit, as they move objects at their will or harness the power of lightning with complete seriousness. One sequence featuring a powered named Tamera (Jessica Allen) who can erase memories is a particular standout in terms of mood and tension. Connor’s boss Mina (Jean Yoon), who can repel bullets, is also a welcome new addition.

Unfortunately, where the first film found a healthy balance between its heist plot and the human moments between Connor and his mother, “Part II” can’t seem to find the time to actually sit with these characters so that we care about them and the lives they are trying to lead in spite of all this heavy policing. Every conversation is in service of another plot point here, a piece of exposition there. The brothers do their best to add depth to the proceedings but are just not given enough time to let their characters breathe. A twist towards the end regarding King comes out of nowhere, revealing an added critique of assimilation over community that I wish had been more thoroughly explored earlier.

Code 8 Part II
Netflix Code 8 Part II Cast and Director at the film’s Premiere in Toronto at the TIFF Lightbox – Photo by Joel Levy Photography

While it is admirable that “Code 8: Part II” aims to take the militarized police state to task—and copaganda films themselves—its final sequence hinges on the idea that revealing damning footage of corruption and state sanctioned violence can actually lead towards punishment of the officers involved, and reforms to the system itself. If the last four years have taught us anything, it’s that neither of those things are true. I don’t know if it says more about the state of the world itself or the quality of film that the most unbelievable thing about it is that a city would ever defund its police in favor of funding a community center. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just the kind of hopeful speculative fiction we need right now.

Source of review: rogerebert


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