Rocky IV just keeps on giving.
It’s the one where Apollo Creed was fatally KO’d by Russian Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), leaving his illegitimate son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) to uphold the family legacy in Creed. It also heavily informs the events of Creed II, in which Drago’s son Viktor challenges Adonis, who is now the World Heavyweight Champion.
Rocky (Sly Stallone) advises against a bout predicated on bad blood, fearful that history could repeat itself. And there’s also the matter that Viktor is a man mountain that could flatten Dwayne Johnson with one punch. But Adonis isn’t going to miss the opportunity to settle an old score and, consequently, Creed II follows the familiar path tread by previous Rocky films.
This generational sequel has plenty of punch, thanks to the winning ‘family’ dynamic of Adonis, girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and Rocky, and its adherence to the crowd-pleasing Rocky formula. Moreover, fans will get a kick out of Rocky and Drago’s rocky reunion after 33 years, while ’80s movie buffs get the added bonus of Lundgren sharing scenes with Brigitte Nielsen (as Drago’s ex). Could Mr. T be next in line for a return appearance?
Release Date: March 6, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson