During a boxing exhibition in 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) killed former World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed. Years later, Creed’s son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), accepts a challenge from Drago’s son, Viktor (Florian Munteanu), against the wishes of his trainer, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). While Creed & Balboa are both dealing with personal issues outside the ring, they must put that aside to deal with a past that is now right in front of them.
There’s definitely a lot of hype with this film. After how well the first Creed did a couple of years ago, why wouldn’t there be?
Right off the bat, I loved how they went straight into introducing us to our bad guy, Viktor Drago and reintroduced us to his father Ivan. But I quickly noticed what seemed to be a lot of bits and pieces that we’ve seen in the previous Rocky films but mostly from Rocky III, when he faced off against Clubber Lang. Both films showing the great new life of our hero, however, then things take a turn when he agrees to take on an undefeatable challenger… There go the originality points
What also lost it for me was the music or lack thereof. Granted I know Creed is for a new generation of fans and needs to be updated, but it’s always been the amazing musical score that helped sell the story and got everyone in the audience all pumped up. Except for a small sequence, there was pretty much none of that.
The other thing that I was disappointed with was the actual boxing. It seemed to be very flat-footed and even worse, predictable. Again, it had that, I’ve seen this before, feeling and that’s no bueno.
But there’s always hope that Creed III, if there’s a number III, will out punch this one.