Review by Lisle Drury
From the creators of Facing the Giants, FIREPROOF opens this weekend and I want to encourage you to go see it. My wife and I were invited to see a sneak preview of this movie back in July and we both left the theater thinking, wow, that was impressive.
FIREPROOF is about Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron), who, at work fighting fires, lives by the old adage: Never leave your partner behind, but at home lives by his own rules. After seven years of marriage, Catherine Holt wonders when she stopped being “good enough” for her husband. Neither one understands the pressures the other faces – Caleb as a firefighter and Catherine as the public relations director of a hospital. Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s dad challenges his son to do a 40-day experiment called “The Love Dare” and the remainder of the movie unfolds as he takes his dad’s challenge and tries to recapture his wife’s heart.
So, why should you take a date night with your spouse and go see this movie?
1. It’s realistic
I don’t know if you saw Facing the Giants; it was a good movie, but a little “fairy tailish” for me. Life does not happen like that for most people (i.e. trust Jesus and give your team over to God and you get a new car, become state football champs (even after your best player transfers) and your wife gets pregnant). That does not present life in ways that I can relate to nor most people in the world. However, FIREPROOF is more real. It presents marriage problems and temptations honestly, and if a husband would do what Caleb did in this movie then I believe many marriages could change for the better.
2. It’s impressive
No actor was paid to do this movie. If you keep that in mind as you watch it, you will be impressed (plus give grace) to some “cheesy” parts.
3. It shows the right definition of love!
The movie’s definition of love is built upon the character of God. Wow, and it was refreshing! We live in a culture that talks about looking for your “soul-mate”, or “I don’t feel in love”, or “oh, this must be right because it ‘feels right.” But this movie made a strong and loud statement–love is to know God through His Son, Jesus! Love is a choice. There is one line in the movie that has stuck with me . . . “Lead your heart”. . . Don’t allow your heart to lead you because it is deceptive. Lead your heart.
4. It shows that the man must take the lead in loving and cherishing his wife
Men, this is God’s command on our lives. We are to love, cherish and honor our wives and this movie was a good reminder for me to lead in this area. Think about it men. When was the last time you planned a surprise candle-light dinner for your wife or some special date night (you set the whole thing up, babysitter and all)? When was the last time you gave her flowers for no reason other than just to say I love you?
5. The gospel is presented
Depending on your relationship with an unbeliever, this movie could be a good one to go see with them. The gospel is presented clearly, but not in some cheesy way of ‘trust Jesus and all your problems will be solved’.
6. It’s moving
I have to confess I cried. It has been a while since I cried at a movie and yes, I know that does not make a movie good or bad based on getting emotional. But, the writers draw you into the story and there are a few parts that are quite moving. If you let your guard down, you may shed a few tears too.
Bottom line, this is a well done movie by a group of volunteer actors, but most importantly it has a message that needs to be heard in our culture today, namely, that marriage is worth fighting for! So, men, take the lead, get a babysitter and take your wife out this weekend and go see FIREPROOF, you will be glad you did!
- Check out the FIREPROOF website for more info.
- Look at the various marriage resources and curriculum
- UPDATE: Fireproof will be featured on Dr. Phil this Fri. Sept. 26