Creed II (12A)



Drama (2018)
130mins US

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Michael B Jordan, Florian Munteanu
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Writer(s): Sylvester Stallone, Juel Taylor
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ivan Drago lives in ignominy in Kiev, haunted by defeat and the breakdown of his marriage to wife Ludmilla. In search of redemption, he trains his only son Viktor in the boxing ring, moulding his offspring into a fearsome contender for the heavyweight championship belt in the possession of Rocky Balboa's protege, Adonis Creed. "That kid was raised in hate," Rocky warns Adonis, who arrogantly believes he can overcome Drago junior without the backing of his mentor and corner man.

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Creed II (12A)

Deep-rooted nostalgia for Rocky fails to deliver a knockout blow in the eighth instalment of the long-running series, which punched well above its weight class in 1977 by winning three Academy Awards including best picture and best director. Co-written by Sylvester Stallone, whose fingerprints are on the scripts to every bruising bout in the saga, Creed II unleashes the same flurry of emotional jabs as its brawny predecessor but these slick moves fail to connect squarely in a sequel that hankers for the past...

Creed II. Copyright: 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis in Creed II, directed by Steve Caple Jr. Photo: Barry Wetcher. All Rights Reserved.Director Steven Caple Jr choreographs impressive sweat-drenched fight sequences between leading man Michael B Jordan and real-life German boxer Florian Munteanu - a hulking 6ft 4in man-mountain with eight-pack abs and a stone-cold stare to match his intimidating physical presence. Inside the ring, the film is on sure footing and there are familiar bursts of adrenaline for us as well as the characters as they dig deep to overcome dizzying blows and achieve glorious destinies. Away from the fisticuffs, Juel Taylor and Stallone's wistful script raises its gloves to earlier films, most explicitly Rocky IV, in which Soviet Union brawler Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) delivered a fatal blow to Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) then faced Rocky Balboa (Stallone) on home soil. "I must break you," Drago growled at the American fighter shortly before the bell sounded on round one.

More than 30 years after that epic showdown, Ivan is living in ignominy in Kiev, haunted by defeat and the breakdown of his marriage to wife Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen). In search of redemption, Ivan trains his only son Viktor (Munteanu), moulding his offspring into a perfect physical specimen and a fearsome contender for the heavyweight championship belt in the possession of Rocky's protege, Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan). "That kid was raised in hate," Rocky warns Adonis, who arrogantly believes he can overcome Drago junior without the backing of his mentor and corner man. Adonis prepares to defend his title with singer-songwriter fiancee Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and his mother (Phylicia Rashad) in his corner. Seconds out and around the narrative houses we go...

Creed II lays on the tortured father-son dynamics with a trowel as Caple Jr ticks off a familiar list of tropes: Pre-match tension, a near-fatal setback, hard-fought rehabilitation, a graveside confessional and grandstand final showdown. Jordan, Stallone and Thompson ease back into their comfortable roles while Lundgren has far richer dialogue for his second appearance as Drago. He sparks winning screen chemistry with imposing newcomer Munteanu. Syrupy romantic interludes between Adonis and Bianca, including an earnest marriage proposal ("You're the only one I want to share my moments with!"), struggle to up the emotional stakes as the film slugs its way into an unnecessary third hour.

- Jo Planter

Creed II. Copyright: 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis in Creed II, directed by Steve Caple Jr. Photo: Barry Wetcher. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 11th January
To Thursday 17th January

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
From Friday 18th January
To Thursday 24th January

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gravesend, The Woodville
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Heaton Moor Savoy
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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