Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Tony
Burton, MiloVentimiglia, James Francis Kelly III
RunTime: 1 hr 42 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Day: 1 March 2007
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Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa for the final round
of the Academy Award ® winning franchise. His wife Adrian
died of Cancer, and he and his son, Rocky Jr., have been growing
apart. Rocky owns a restaurant, and people come in just to
hear his boxing stories. But his quiet life changes when a
TV sports channel presents a virtual boxing match between
Rocky and the current boxing champion – Mason “The
Line” Dixon – and reveals that Rocky would win.
This virtual fight creates a media firestorm and Rocky is
offered the opportunity to fight the current champion. With
the help of his friend Paulie and his old trainer Duke, Rocky
enters the ring for his final countdown, and in the process
rids himself of the demons he has faced since his wife’s
Sylvester Stallone is a perfect example of how people
remember you for the wrong things you do, instead of focusing
your comparably more positive aspects. So what if the old
uncle was once nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his titular
role in Rocky (1976)?
was 31 years ago, for god’s sake.
of us would know Stallone for his multiple Razzie (an award
which “dishonours” the worst achievements in the
movie industry) “wins” and nominations, especially
in the 1990s for dreadful movies like Stop! Or my Mom Will
Shoot (1992) and The Specialist (1995).
we understand why the man who was also Rambo decided to stage
a comeback with this sixth installment in the Rocky franchise,
17 years after Rocky V. And wow, what a dignified comeback
is not much of a story here really. You see how Rocky Balboa
is leading a widower life, how he has a restrained relationship
with his son, how he is coping with life by serving customers
in his restaurant and taking pictures with them, and how he
is eventually given the opportunity to return to the boxing
ring to play the sport he loves.
show clearly belongs to the 60-year-old actor, who also serves
as the writer of this 102-minute movie. You just don’t
see an old uncle pack some decent punches everyday.
the nostalgic, this movie is great fun. From the familiar
Bill Conti theme “Gonna Fly Now”, to the scene
where the heavyweight champ trains and runs up the famous
“Rocky Steps” to the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
and the fitting finale featuring a gritty yet entertaining
boxing match - fans will be cheering the movie on.
the younger audience, this movie works as an inspirational
sports drama where the protagonist goes through some hardships,
some inner conflicts, some family drama, before triumphing
victorious with the wondrous human spirit.
All these are possible with Stallone’s grounded performance.
Never mind the obvious weariness in the actor’s eyes.
Never mind the evident attempts by the filmmakers to make
the character emote. In fact, this adds a personal touch to
the otherwise clichéd movie, giving it the extra punch
rest of the cast fares well too, supporting Rocky Balboa in
every complementary way. There is Burt Young’s Paulie
(his dead wife’s brother), who milks a few good laughs.
There is Geraldine Hughes’ Marie (a girl who has crossed
paths with him many years ago), who brings a nice touch of
delicateness to the testosterone-charged movie. And of course
there is Milo Ventimiglia’s Rocky Jr., a son whom he
is very proud of.
are also some smartly scripted dialogue in the movie (listen
out for Paulie and Rocky’s humourous banters), some
smart sequences (watch out for the computer-generated Rocky
fighting his opponent in a simulated match) and some touching
moments (especially those between father and son).
Rocky Balboa is back. And it is unmistakable that Stallone
wants us to know that his showbiz career ain’t over
‘til it’s over.
"It doesn’t matter whether or not you are a Rocky
fan – you’d applause Rocky’s (and probably
Stallone’s) fighting spirit"
Review by John Li