Creed of Gold

Reviewed by Michelle C. Danko
Released: August 12, 2014
Genre: Drama/Action/Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Director: Daniel Knudsen
Written by: Mark Knudsen
Cast: Taylor Lindsey, Ellen Lawrence, Nick Willeke, and Dr. William Greene
Production Company: Crystal Creek Media

Adam Smith’s father died because of a secret that he uncovered that could expose a group of people embezzling large amounts of money, but dies moments before he could release the information to bring the corruption to justice. All Adam has of his father is parts of his research.
In the beginning of the movie, Adam is seen leaving from Russia and moving to the U.S. after changing his name to avoid being followed. He enrolls in a New York City College, and takes a course in commerce.
Part of his course involves a paper on the Federal Reserve, and he is paired with Kirsten, whose life is idyllic in comparison to his, but contains some corruption of its own. Kirsten wants to do the paper her way- to pay someone to write it so that they can get an A on the assignment. Why? “That is how the game is played,” she reasoned. Kirsten believes that she has to compete against all of the other students who are doing the same thing that she is in order to get good grades- and she is fine with it. In her head, it’s all just a game. However, when Adam tells her that it’s wrong, and that he wants to write the paper his way, she can’t defend her stance and relents.
Kirsten isn’t the only one that makes reference to “games” in this movie. Kirsten’s roommate is dating someone who purportedly receives a monthly deposit from a trust fund of $20,000. He seems like a catch, and her way out of her father’s control. She doesn’t really love him, but loves his money and what it represents. She’s o.k. with what she is doing because she is convinced that others are too, and fails to see the error of her ways. Kirsten warns her to “watch it” because she feels that he is “no good”, but her friend will not listen. She dies in a car crash with her boyfriend who was driving under the influence. The irony? He wasn’t wealthy at all, and he used her.
Soon after her funeral, Adam is seen talking to Kirsten about her sorrow. Kirsten feels responsible because she feels that she should have warned her more. Adam tells her not to bear this responsibility. He shares his story with her, and that he found what he needed when he discovered Jesus.
After the funeral, they go to Kirsten’s house where Adam meets her father. Adam doesn’t know that her father is one of the governors over the Federal Reserve, and when he discusses their term paper, and his theory of corruption, it makes for a humorously uncomfortable scene. Her father ends up telling him that if he uncovers any corruption to notify him.
Soon after the dinner, both Kirsten and Adam begin to notice that they are being followed. The closer they get to the truth about the corruption, the more they are being followed. Things become really serious when Kirsten’s friend confirms their suspicions and she hears him get shot. Now it’s a race for their lives. Soon, they will have just a little over a day to prove their case otherwise all of the evidence that they have collected will vanish. Can they make it in time and how? Will they be able to pull off the impossible?

What was my impression of the movie? It was INCREDIBLE! The plot was wonderfully complex keeping me on the edge of my seat and engulfed in every moment of the movie. The historical backdrop was well researched, as well as the material for the movie. The writer had to have done significant research in commerce to be able to put together such a complex script.
Viewers will find themselves drawn in to the plot immediately, and it is not a movie that you can pause and walk away from. You will want to watch it from beginning to end. While God is referenced scantly in the movie, it is based on biblical principles. Adam makes reference to his faith, and that he believes that we were created for a greater purpose. Kirsten asks Adam’s roommate why Adam is so intense about this term paper. The reality is Adam is intense about the pursuit of the truth. He tells Kirsten at one point that the “game” that she is so fond of wherein there are lies and deceit… all of those “players” are bound by God’s standards because God’s standards are absolute. God never changes. His Word is the same today, yesterday and always. We will all be judged by these rules, and God will take action accordingly. It is a system wherein everything that is done in darkness will be revealed by His light.
The movie has its basis in the effects of greed and corruption- both on large and small scales. It leaves you with the knowledge that there are no small crimes- God truly sees them all, and eventually they will be exposed. The truth is always uncovered, and we must always be seekers of the truth.

Things to Watch For:
Drinking at the beginning of the movie- mostly a wine glass here and there. Drinking and driving in the car accident scene.
Lying and Corruption- used for more illustrative purposes.
Violence- shooting and killing to stop the truth from being exposed.

It is commendable that while this is an action movie, it is not sensationalized with scenes of blood and gore. It would only take away from the plot. Well done!

Many thanks for Daniel Knudsen for providing us with a copy of this movie.  It was amazing!