Rocky Week – Creed (2015)

creedDirector: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington (Screenplay) Ryan Coogler (Story)

Starring: Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andrew Ward, Tony Bellew, Ritchie Coster


Plot: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.


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Verdict: Excellent Chapter


Story: Creed starts when young Adonis is getting himself in trouble over and over in juvenile detention centre until Apollo’s wife Mary Anne Creed (Rashad) comes to give him a home. Adonis (Jordan) has grown up to become a fighter himself starting in Mexico, while away from his office job. After quitting his job Adonis is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a fighter against his step mother wishes.

Adonis turns to the one man he believes could teach him to be as good as his father Rocky Balboa (Stallone) who at first has no interest until he learns who he really is. While Adonis is training Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler (Ward) the man who took him down a level is preparing for his title fight against British champion ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan (Bellew).

After Rocky finally agrees to help Adonis he goes through the montage we expect but when he gets the chance of a life time to become the world’s next Rocky Balboa.

Creed gives us one of the best sporting movies of recent times and while the comparisons to the original Rocky can be seen here but for the new audience this is great for giving the experience the original fans got. I do think this one went for the emotional overkill. The lack of original supporting cast members will upset some of the original fans but they had a good reason to not be around. This would be the most important film of the series which all will enjoy.


Actor Review


Michael B Jordan: Adonis Johnson is the illegitimate son of the great Apollo Creed, raised by his wife. He wants to be a fighter like his dad and tries his hardest to keep his identity secret so he can be the best without using his father’s name. he turns to Rocky to train him knowing he is the only one that can teach him without worrying about his name. Once his true identity is known to the world he ends up having the title shot many fighters can only dream off. Michael is brilliant in this role giving us a realistic fighter.adomis

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky Balboa is now alone with his restaurant business but when Adonis turns up he decides to give him a chance training, could this be the final chance for Rocky to train a champion of his picking giving his old friend Apollo the ultimate respect. Sylvester gives one of the best performances of his career here that deserves the praise he is getting.rocky

Tessa Thompson: Bianca is the girl next door quite literally that becomes Adonis inspiration, the two are both trying to make their own way in the world and help each other get there. Tessa is good in this role becoming the new Adrian.bianca

Phylicia Rashad: Mary Anne Creed is the wife of the late Apollo Creed, she takes Adonis in when he is a trouble making kid to give him a chance in life, she is opposed to his fighting but knows she can’t stop him being like his father. Phylicia is good in this small supporting role but is important to the story.marie

Support Cast: Creed has plenty of supporting characters that all work for the world created using plenty of real boxers.

Director Review: Ryan CooglerRyan gives us a great film that could be a contender for the number one spot in the Rocky lists.


Sports: Creed gives us an epic sports film that is easily the best sports involvement in all of the Rocky films.

Settings: Creed uses the settings well to create the story using the old and new settings to make us enjoy the film.
: Creed is one of the best sports movies ever made either though it is the seventh in the series. (Watch)


Best Part: Final fight.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could we get the new era of Creed?

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Rocky


Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

Oscar Chances: Outside shot.

Box Office: $96 Million

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 13 Minutes

Tagline: Your legacy is more than a name


Overall: Stunning boxing film that comes off as great as the original Rocky



Michael Mann Weekend – Blackhat (2015)

blackhatDirector: Michael Mann

Writer: Morgan Davis Foehl (Screenplay)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Leehom Wang, Wei Tang, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Andy On, Ritchie Coster


Plot: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.


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Verdict: Lacklustre Action Thriller


Story: Blackhat starts when a Chinese nuclear planet gets hacked leading to an explosion causing the whole world to take notice. Chinese use Chen Dawai (Wang) to liaise with the US and former hacker gone bad Nick Hathaway (Hemsworth) whose code was co-written with Dawai. The two old friends being marshalled by FBI agent Carol Barrett (Davis) and Dawai sister Chen Lien (Tang) must use all the tricks they know to find the hacker.

What follows is a race around the world to uncover just who the hackers really are and what their plan is other than destruction.

Blackhat really does end up just trying to be a completely unbelievable action film that struggles to even establish a villain, which is hugely disappointing because of how much they try to put on the leads. I struggled to even know what the villains name was let alone hi motive which has to go down as poor story telling. We get a lot of tech talk along with a lot of computer action which takes away the main reason for liking the action we like.


Actor Review


Chris Hemsworth: Nick Hathaway is the brilliant hacker who created malware which was used to blow up a nuclear plant in China, he is released from prison to join forces with both US and Chinese intelligence to find the hacker even if it means getting up to his old tricks. Chris does well with what he has to work with in this role.nick

Leehom Wang: Chen Dawai is the old friend of Nick’s who brings Nick into the investigation of what is happening with the hacker, between them they can both solve the problem from either side of the law. Leehom does a solid enough job in this role but struggles to look stronger than Hemsworth.

Wei Tang: Chen Lien is the sister of Dawai who is on this mission too as she starts a fling with Nick as they get closer to finding out who is responsible. Wei gives us a basic supporting performance without standing out.

Viola Davis: Carol Barrett is the FBI agent trying to keep tabs on Nick as she has to decide to follow the rules or catch the villains. Viola plays your typical authority role without being memorable.

Support Cast: Blackhat struggles to push the supporting cast to the next level with most of them being forgettable and the villain almost non-existent.

Director Review: Michael MannMichael has given us some brilliant films through the years but this one really has come up very short.


Action: Blackhat has basic action with a few fight scenes, firefights and running nothing that will be memorable.

Crime: Blackhat tries to play us on hacker versus hacker but the crimes being committed just don’t seem that important to the characters.

Mystery: Blackhat tries to create a mystery that doesn’t get too much to keep us guessing though.

Thriller: Blackhat doesn’t manage to bring us to the edge of our seats because by the end you have lost interest in the final plot.

Settings: Blackhat just takes us all over the world to try and make the film look like it is a global issue.
Special Effects
: Blackhat has basic special effects when need but doesn’t rely on them.

Suggestion: Blackhat is one to miss really, it just doesn’t have enough to pull you in to care about what is going on. (Miss It)


Best Part: Hemsworth does well.

Worst Part: Lack of back story behind the villains.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: We are no longer in control

Overall: Disappointing action thriller that lacks that spark