‘Creed III’ plot changes course from previous films

A unique storyline compared to past movies

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

Have you ever been taken advantage of by someone close to you? Has anyone from your past come back intending to make your life hell?

In the action film “Creed III,” it showed someone from Adonis Creed’s past come back into his life to get what he wants and thinks is owed to him. This man’s name is Damian Anderson, an amateur boxing prodigy when both Anderson and Creed were younger. 

The reason Anderson didn’t show his face before this was due to a 15-year-sentence given to Anderson after he pulled out his gun on a group of people that was jumping Creed. It is good to place the fact that Creed started it after he repeatedly punched an older man who used to beat on him when he and Anderson were in a group home together. 

This movie showed a different direction than what the previous Rocky/Creed films showed as an old friend resurfaced and wanted a title shot. Usually, the movies bring in a much stronger opponent with no ties to the main character, but still is dangerous in beating the hero. In the first two Rocky movies, it had Apollo Creed fight a southpaw with no prestige to a match to see who was better. 

The third Rocky showed an enemy that had no remorse for his actions against Rocky and who only wanted the title for fame. The fourth Rocky movie brought in a Russian who seemingly had no emotions, but still was more dangerous than the enemy in the third movie. This fifth Rocky movie centered around Rocky and his family after his finances gets stolen by his accountant and is forced to live in his old neighborhood.

Creed followed the story of Apollo’s son as he went to fight the titleholder at the time. Creed II brought back an old enemy but instead of fighting him, he fought his son. Creed III went in a direction that Sylvester Stallone, the actor who portrayed Rocky Balboa, didn’t want it to go in. 

“It was taken in a direction that is quite different than I would’ve taken it,” Sylvester said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, adding that, “I wish them well, but I’m more of a sentimentalist. I like my heroes getting beat up, but I just don’t want them going into that dark space. I just feel people have enough darkness.”

This film showcased a much darker plot than the previous movies and it was shown tremendously. The movie never felt tedious at any point. The movie had the audience enthralled throughout and the scenes were vital for context surrounding the next scenes. 

At the end fight between Anderson and Creed, they had the match viewed as though no one was in the stands and it was just them two in the ring fighting it out which looked incredible. It truly showed that Creed was trying to focus on what’s currently going on in the ring instead of their past or future.

The film showed that it could make an incredible trilogy of movies without feeling frustrated over making more films just for the money. The movie was great and I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to watch the film.