Creed of Gold parents guide

Creed of Gold Parent Review

Overall B

A term paper turns into a dangerous assignment for Adam Smith (Taylor Lindsey) when he decides to investigate suspected financial misconduct involving international bankers, the Bolshevik Revolution and the Federal Reserve.

Violence C-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use C

Creed of Gold is rated Not Rated

Movie Review

It doesn’t take much to guess where the genesis for Creed of Gold could have come from. I might be wrong, but the financial meltdown of 2008 seems like a very likely candidate. After all, the bankers at the U.S. Federal Reserve are the bad guys in this film. However that’s not where this story of corruption begins.

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In the early 1980s Russian professor Vlad Dostoevsky (Taylor Lindsey) stumbles up a secret consortium that has been manipulating national economies for decades—all for the personal gain of those involved. Unfortunately his plans to reveal his findings halt abruptly when a mysterious gunman shoots him in the back of the head.

Years later Vlad’s son seeks political asylum in the United States and assumes the name of Adam Smith (also played by Taylor Lindsey). (It’s no coincidence the young man takes the moniker of the great Scottish philosopher who is known as the father of modern economics and who penned the book The Wealth of Nations.) All he has from his past life is an old scribbler filled with cryptic notes about the international financial dealings of the secret group his father discovered.

Now attending university, Adam is given an assignment in his Money & Banking class. His partner Kirsten Stanford (Ellen Lawrence) wants an A on the essay and plans to pay handsomely to have professional college paper writers do it for her. But Adam doesn’t agree with the ethics of hiring someone else to do his work. Besides that, he has a better idea: uncover the conspiracy between the international bankers and the Bolshevik Revolution. Unfortunately Adam’s father won’t the only one who dies as these students and their friends get closer and closer to uncovering the truth about the men who make decisions at the Federal Reserve.

Creed of Gold may be trying to be the next National Treasure. While it doesn’t quite live up to the Nicholas Cage movie, it is an earnest effort with relatively modest amounts of content for older family viewers. In the opening scenes set in Russia, several men, who appear to be on the trail of the bad guys, are shot and killed. Later a girl dies in an accident with a drunk driver and a bomb explosion kills a young man inside a warehouse.

While the dialogue and the acting lack the energy and passion you’d expect from a conspiracy theory thriller, Creed of Gold still has its precious flecks. And in an era when many see no problem with bending the rules for their own benefit, Adam believes still in absolute justice and a moral code that can’t be changed by a majority vote.

Directed by Daniel Knudsen. Starring Taylor Lindsey, Ellen Lawrence, Nicholas Willeke. Running time: 102 minutes. Updated

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Creed of Gold Parents Guide

Why does Kirsten feel like she has to hire someone to write her term paper? Is this a big problem in universities? How does Adam feel about hiring others?

Adam believes that without absolutes, justice is impossible. Who does he believe makes the absolute rules? Why does he not believe it is okay to bend the rules in order to get ahead? How does Adam’s beliefs differ from the bankers at the Federal Reserve?

Can moral decisions be made by a majority vote?

Who is Adam Smith and what impact do his philosophies have on the political economy today?