Run time: 131mins
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Graham McTavish
Synopsis: Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title.
Sure to be a crowd pleaser, director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler offers a new Rocky for a new generation.
Sylvester Stallone trains Michael B. Jordan in this entertaining spin-off from the Rocky series. After a lifetime of pugilism, two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is now retired and living in Philadelphia. But life throws another curveball at Rocky with the appearance of Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), troubled son of his late rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his father, who died in the ring, but is determined to follow in his footsteps. Rocky reluctantly agrees to become his trainer, even as he takes on an opponent more merciless than any he faced in the ring. Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan reunites with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, who stamps his own gritty mark on the Rocky franchise. Providing added authenticity, real-life English pro boxer – and former three-time ABA Heavyweight champion – Tony Bellew plays Creed’s main opponent ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan.
Creed is a Valentine to Rocky fans and will surely be a hit, if not a knock-out.
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