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Creed

Sylvester Stallone hands off the Rocky saga to writer-director Ryan Coogler, who makes the aging Italian Stallion the corner man for a younger boxer who is the illegitimate son of his old adversary Apollo Creed. Coogler's acclaimed debut feature, Fruitvale Station (2013), dealt with the real-life police killing of an unarmed black man in San Francisco, but in keeping with Stallone's wholesome formula for the Rocky movies, there's no racial angle here, just a lot of daddy issues. Michael B. Jordan, who played the victim in Fruitvale Station, injects some juice as Adonis Creed, and the muttering Stallone has a few ostensibly touching moments. But anyone hoping the franchise might open out into new thematic territory will be disappointed; this is the same old ritual, from the amped-up training sequences to the climactic title fight with its absurd number of punches landed in every round.

Credits

Director:

  • Ryan Coogler

Cast:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Andre Ward
  • Anthony Bellew
  • Ritchie Coster
  • Jacob "Stitch" Duran
  • Graham McTavish
  • Malik Bazille
  • Ricardo "Padman" McGill
  • Gabriel Rosado
  • Wood Harris
  • Buddy Osborn
  • Rupal Pujara
  • Brian Anthony Wilson
  • Alex Henderson

Producers:

  • Irwin Winkler
  • Robert Chartoff
  • Charles Winkler
  • William Chartoff
  • David Winkler
  • Kevin King-Templeton
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Nicolas Stern

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