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Lucas Walker reviews Creed

Adonis Johnson is the biological son of former World Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed, as a result of his infidelity. ‘Donnie’ never actually met his father, as he passed away just before he was born and he now keeps the secret of his father’s identity to himself out of a desire to make it to the top on his own. Fighting is clearly in his DNA and in his youth Adonis is in and out of juvenile detention centers. After being thrown a lifeline by Apollo's widow, Adonis grows up to become a well-educated, successful business man – but he still loves to bash people. Ha! When no-one in Los Angeles will train him to be a professional fighter, he flies to Philadelphia to track down Rocky Balboa – once Apollo’s biggest rival and closest friend, to help him reach the top. The two strike up a strong relationship and the preparation begins… Word eventually gets out about who Adonis' father is, and an opportunity arises for a title fight against ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlon, the World Light Heavyweight Champion in England but only if he takes on his father’s last name, Creed. This movie was so much better than I was expecting. It's a lot less cheesy than previous Rocky movies and it has some really good themes throughout it, such as loyalty, family, love and dedication. There are a few scenes that will definitely give you goose bumps and pull at the heart strings. It's not a typical underdog story of someone who came from nothing, or someone who had everything taken from them, to then make it back to the top – which is something I really liked about this film. It's a pretty powerful movie, and definitely a must see! Especially for those who love an uplifting and motivational story. You don't even need to be a boxing fan to appreciate it. I loved it, but I hope that it's not killed with five sequels. 4/5 Wicked Uppercuts
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