The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
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Sylvester Stallone returns for the 7th time as Rocky Balboa in Creed. For the first time, however, Stallone turns over the writing duties to Fruitvale Stations' Ryan Coogler. If you are worried about the film being a misfire, don't be. You could argue that it is the best in the series.
Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed. However, wishing to carve out his own success, he does not use the famous surname, opting to go by his mother's last name Johnson.
Adonis tracks down Rocky at his restaurant and drops some very specific tidbits that initially catches Rocky off guard. However, the kid just wants the Italian Stallion to train him and won't take no for an answer. After some small arm twisting, Rocky decides that he will do it.
What makes Creed work so well is the acting and the story. It may sound funny saying that for a Stallone film, but he, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson (playing Creed's feisty girlfriend) really give the movie a lot of heart. Additionally, the fight sequences, are shot for the most part pretty realistically and also sprinkles many real life individuals involved in the fight game.
Creed is a definite winner. It has all the marks of not just a really good sports film, but a very solid movie as well.