Apollo Creed’s child Adonis, born through an affair, grows up in a juvenile correction facility who then is taken in by his legal wife. Like his father, Adonis has a flair for boxing, but chooses against using his name due to his troubled childhood. He grows up to a civilized environment only to find out that he also wants to become a boxer just like his dad. He decides to pursue a career in boxing against his mom’s will. In that process, he shifts to Philadelphia to persuade Rocky Balboa into coaching him. Does he manage to do that and live up to his biological father’s reputation?
Running Time:
133 min
Release date:
27 November 2015
Directed by:
Ryan Coogler
Produced by:
Irwin Winkler
Robert Chartoff
Charles Winkler
William Chartoff
David Winkler
Kevin King-Templeton
Sylvester Stallone
Written by:
Ryan Coogler
Aaron Covington
Michael B. Jordan
Sylvester Stallone
Tessa Thompson
Phylicia Rashad
Anthony Bellew
Music by:
Ludwig Göransson
Shot by:
Maryse Alberti
Editing by:
Michael P. Shawver
Claudia Castello
Distributed by:

What’s Hot

  • Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson have made sure their presence is completely felt in the movie. The boxing sequences brought about by Adonis Creed are noteworthy while Rocky does a calculated job of his coaching abilities. More than the boxing Rocky, the matured Rocky is a pleasure to watch!
  • Boxing, the crux of the movie has been given the rightful importance. Right from the amateur fight scenes to the training centers and the professional boxing bouts, the quality of the Stunts team and that of the artistes is top-notch.
  • Ryan Coogler has managed to ease into directing a sequel of this magnitude to finesse. Although he has used the perfect formula of Rocky’s screenplay, he does all the right things to give the audience the perfect sequel.
  • The music and the cinematography department take the rest of the cake with Ludwig Göransson and Maryse Alberti doing their best. Ludwig’s scores for Bianca and the score just before Adonis Creed flies to Liverpool are not to be missed. So is Maryse Alberti’s camera work while covering the action.

What’s Not

  • For a sequel to the original Rocky series, this movie for most of the time reminds us of the vintage Rocky, the series’ first installment.
  • The editing sequences during the fight could have been much better. Care has been given by the cinematographer to make sure that the scenes carry proper weightage, but the action seems to be in wanting in some scenes.




Verdict Stamp

Creed has all the fantastic elements that go into making a sports-action movie. It goes on to cement the fact about making such movies, borrowing the original Rocky’s template and blending it with the right emotions and drama to make a noteworthy sequel to the series.