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
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
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
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
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
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
“Fireproof” is well worth seeing.
Reviewed by Bill Stough