Movie Review - Fireproof

Would you like to go to a movie where you come out feeling refreshed, hopeful, and uplifted rather than being angry or feeling disgusted? Apparently Hollywood can’t produce movies without insulting godly values, so the Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia has been making their own movies. “Fireproof” was released to theaters in September, 2008.

In the opening scene a little girl named Catherine is asking her mother if she will grow up to marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after. Her mother tells her that she will. She grows up to become a public relations and media expert for a hospital and marries a fireman named Caleb.

In the next scene we see fire captain Caleb correcting a young fireman for the way he acted at the fire call from which he and the crew has just returned. He tells him that his partner depends on him and most especially when he is in danger. “Never leave your partner behind,” he emphasizes.

Caleb and Catherine, unfortunately, are a young married couple with a disintegrating marriage. The movie puts you right into the nuts and bolts of what is killing the marriage. All who see this movie can profit from the vividness of the scenes.

Caleb’s father, however, encourages his son to take on a 40 day plan to save the marriage, and he agrees to follow the hand written journal that his father used to save his own marriage. What follows is the difficult road required to restore the marriage. Caleb also finds when he is halfway through the reconciliation plan, that he does not have the power to continue on. It is a dilemma that can strike home to many couples. We humans, after all, absolutely lack the power to really love, to persevere, and to be the kind of spouse we should be.

Does Caleb get the help from God that he must have? Will the plan work? Every troubled couple needs what this movie offers.

This is a movie that seems to have everything. It has drama, suspense, romance, humor, and portrays real values. The humor portrayed is good humor rather than sick humor as is so often the case in Hollywood generated movies. And it is great to see marriage honored and elevated.

Hollywood makes movies for money and doesn’t have a clue on what is really important. It is good to see a church step forward and do something rather than simply criticizing movies. There is a long list of credits at the end of the film which includes babysitters for those who helped make the movie! Could you imaging such credits in a Hollywood type movie?

The church made the movie for $550,000. Typical Hollywood movies cost tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. Most people involved in “Fireproof” did the job for free, including Hollywood and TV star Kirk Cameron who played Caleb. And even though the movie was mostly a volunteer effort, it is professional quality.

One use for this movie is to show the DVD version when it becomes available to couples having marriage troubles. This would be of special value to church pastors who do marriage counseling and to Christian counselors. The need for God to be in our marriages is emphasized in this movie.

“Fireproof” is well worth seeing.

Reviewed by Bill Stough

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