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Years after Adonis Creed made a name for himself under Rocky Balboa's mentorship, the young boxer becomes the Heavyweight Champion of the World. While life is good with that victory and his marriage to Bianca, trouble comes to Philadelphia when Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Adonis' father, Apollo, arrives with his son, Viktor, to challenge Adonis. Against Rocky's advice, Adonis accepts the challenge without his mentor's participation and pays the price in a punishing bout he wins only by a technicality. Now injured and demoralized, Adonis cannot bring himself to back into the game, leaving his spirit and title in jeopardy. Together, Adonis' family and Rocky must find a way to rekindle Adonis' fighting spirit to face the future in whatever choice he makes. Meanwhile, the Drago family have its own troubles trying to regain the respect in their homeland that they lost at Rocky's hands as they wonder whether is it truly worth it.Written by
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Director Steven Caple Jr. wanted to slow down the action at certain moments of the matches to underline the physical and emotional blows of this "violent ballet". The chief operator Morgenthau then used the Arriflex Arri Alexa camera, equipped with Panavision lenses, but also the high speed Phantom filming at 1000 frames per second. Many scenes were also shot at 120 frames per second. The boxing scenes have been carefully prepared in advance: the different phases that compose them each have their own style, but blend harmoniously into the color palette associated with this or that atmosphere. See more »
Prior to his fight with Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler, the Tale of the Tape shown on-screen states Adonis's age as 28. This is impossible. Adonis was born between 1985 and 1986, making him at least 31-32 by the year 2018. See more »
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Creed II delivers the punch but doesn't quite land the knockout. While the familiar formula still works as inspiring as ever, it is mainly good ol' Rock that steals the protagonist's spotlight. Without Sly's solid rock performance this movie would have been just another fight movie. And although the Creed saga reaches new hights in storytelling, we must admit that Adonis just isn't as charismatic as Rocky or as his dad, Apollo. This time he can't even step out of his opponent's shadow, who has a far more compelling story to tell than the one Adonis brings. So, this might not be the fight of the century but there is certainly some rumbling in the jungle. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of Rocky Balboa, cause he still knows how to bring magic to the big screen.
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