This last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to view the newly-released movie, “Fireproof“. I had read several reviews by those who had screened the film prior to its release and was looking forward to the chance to see it for myself.
I’ll have to say, I certainly was not disappointed. Produced by the members of Sherwood Baptist Church, in Albany, GA, (the makers of “Facing the Giants”) it illustrates the story of a captain of a fire department who is seeing his marriage crumble.
Caleb, played by Kirk Cameron, is a self-absorbed public hero who eventually turns to his father (Harris Malcolm) for guidance. At his father’s request he embarks on a journey that teaches him to demonstrate a love to his wife that reflects the love of God for us.
The movie, shot on location in Albany, moves along very well. The quality of the acting is very good for a low-budget film, greatly improved over that of “Facing the Giants”. The dramatic moments are genuinely suspenseful and the comedic relief provided by the interaction of the firefighters, while a bit contrived was funny nonetheless. The film quality was by far the best I have ever seen in a Christian production (we have come a long way since “Thief in the Night”).
While the focus of the movie is the strengthening of marriages, the message of the Gospel is central to the plot making this worth seeing for the family. The film is rated PG due to the intensity of a couple of events the fire department faces as well as the “religious” content, but there was absolutely nothing objectionable that I found in it.
I would encourage each family to go see this movie. It is well worth the time and the price of the ticket.
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This is the second thumbs up review I have heard on this movie.. thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Gordon!
Gordon, Thanks for giving the review. I have heard much good about it, though I have not seen it.
Our son and his wife went with their church Saturday evening and he gave raving review of it too.
I will probably wait till it comes out on DVD, and buy a copy, then watch it.
Looking forward to seeing this movie. I’ve heard good reviews from a number of friends.
Personally, I’m glad that Christian “films” are improving in quality. Still have a way to go, but we’ve come a long way.
Cameron, this one narrows the gap (quality-wise) considerably.
My husband and I saw Fireproof together, and we were struck by the movie’s celebration of covenant marriage and unconditional love. So many movies today just insult marriage, promote affairs or portray marriage as joyless and worthless. Fireproof boldly proclaimed marriage as well-worth the sacrifice, yet didn’t back down from the fact that it’s at times difficult, even agonizing. Not only that, the film-makers didn’t just make a movie about marriage, they developed peripheral tools to make marriages stronger. We have a copy of the Love Dare book used in the film, as well as a “Couple’s Kit” which is a bible-study based on the film that couples can do at home or with a group. These have made a real difference in our ability to address and improve these areas in our own marriage, and they are probably the most important things we have done for our marriage this year. I found them online at http://www.fireproofoutreach.com.
My advice: take your spouse, your fiancée, or someone who might be married someday and go see this film.
The movie was indeed terrific and may it serve to compell us all to love our wives as Christ loves the Church.
Grace upon grace,
Gordon, It certainly was well woth the price of the ticket. My wife and I went to see “Fireproof” this Sunday for my birthday; the parallel of a fireman’s code “never leave your partner behind” and the vows of holy matrimony were fantastic. I found the movie to be well balanced with action, plot, humor and surprise woven together to show the real complexities of today’s marital relationships. The plot had many unexpected twists and the presumptive nature of man was used against us to a surprising end. The stars battle with internet pornography was classic and a battle which is on the rise as we’ve seen in recent weeks with celebrity marriages gone awry and their addictions to porn brought to light. At one point my wife nudged me and whispered, “He needs My Internet Doorman”, I felt proud knowing that God was using me to help men and women all over the country to fight this battle and to prevent youth from becoming victims of this addictive and destructive vice. I strongly recommend this movie to engaged couples, newlyweds, anyone struggling to hang on to their marriage, anyone on the fence of divorce, and anyone who has ever been there. Bravo!
I just got back from watching Fireproof… it was great to see such a different-flavored movie on the regular, big screen