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Creed
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02.29.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Ryan Coogler

Actors:
Michael B. Jordan
Sylvester Stallone
Tessa Thompson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Adonis, son of the late Apollo Creed, seeks out Rocky Balboa in hopes that he'll be trained in professional boxing and finally make a name for himself.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The original ROCKY is one of the all-time great, underdog stories. It's pretty low-budget and it's lacking in any gloss, but it has a lot of heart. While many of its sequels are stylistically different than the original, they're no less entertaining. So here we are with CREED. It's a spin-off/reboot that blends the heart and grit of the original with some of the gratifying cheese of it's sequels, and you know what? It absolutely works.

CREED follows some of the early life and times of Adonis Creed, the bastard son of Apollo, and a young man who wants to build up his own reputation in the world of boxing. While initially settling for underground fights in Mexico, Adonis leaves his high-paying job in California to seek out the famed Rocky Balboa in hopes of finding a true mentor.

Michael B. Jordan has been tearing up roles in films like FRUITVALE STATION and CHRONICLE for years now, and feels at home as Adonis. Much like Stallone, he showcases a lot of heart and generates some genuine drama with his co-stars. Not only is there a touching student-mentor relationship with Stallone (who turns in a reliably touching performance), but a love story with Tessa Thompson that holds more water than most romance films manage to dip a toe into.

At it's core, however, CREED delivers the "Rocky experience." There are fights, there are training montages, and there are words of encouragement. Writer/director Ryan Coogler takes the classic Rocky template and manages to breathe new life into it. A boxing match in the middle of the film, for example, is shot entirely in one take! The viewer is in the ring with Creed and you can almost feel every blow our hero takes. Scenes like this give us something we've never experienced before in a Rocky film. While the actors do a tremendous job of creating characters for us to care about, Ryan Coogler's story and direction is what manages to combine everything we love about the Rocky films into one entertaining and oftentimes touching film.
THE EXTRAS
Know the Past, Own the Future (14:49): This featurette is standard EPK material, covering some of the general themes of the story with the director and his actors. It may excite those who haven't seen the movie, but doesn't cover much new territory for those familiar.

Becoming Adonis (5:46): An extension of the previous featurette that covers Michael B. Jordan's transformation into Adonis Creed. While Jordan went through some extensive training, you don't see much of it here aside from cast and crew praises.

Deleted Scenes (19:36): Nearly 20 minutes of uninterrupted footage represent what was taken out of the film. Given that Creed is the longest "Rocky movie" yet, I have to credit Ryan Coogler and the editors for knowing what needed to be taken out. Some of these scenes have some nice character moments, but none of them add anything to the film.

This set also includes your standard Ultraviolet and DVD copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can't imagine any Rocky fan being disappointed with what CREED has to offer. It delivers the entertainment and the heart of previous Rocky entries while delivering characters and a story that are grounded in today's world. The Blu-ray's special features are lacking, and probably won't warrant more than one look from those who are interested, but the film's presentation is what's most important and on that front this disc delivers.
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