October 16, 2008

My 'Fireproof' Review

Back at the end of August, I told you all about a movie coming out that had to do with marriage and about being a better husband. Well, my wife and I were finally able to go see this movie recently, and so I wanted to let you all know what I thought of it.

All other elements aside, Fireproof's storyline was very powerful and very convicting. A firefighter, who spends his days as a hero to his community and who touts the line, "Never leave your partner behind" comes home every night to a broken marriage. He cares more about saving strangers' lives than he does about his own wife. He is so wrapped up in himself that he has unintentionally left his partner behind. Throughout the entirety of the movie I couldn't help but ask myself, Is that me? Do I do that? Are we like that?

The movie was made on a $500,000 budget, which, in today's numbers, is absolutely nothing. They accomplished this feat in a number of ways, one of which was the casting of volunteers from the church that made the movie. Because of this, the acting was less than good during several moments in the film. The only way to get through that is to remember exactly what this movie is: a small, fairly independent movie and not a multi-million dollar studio film.

On the other hand, though, Kirk Cameron's performance was, I thought, incredible. There was no mistaking the professional on stage during this show. Every time he was on screen I was able to get caught up in the moment, even when he was playing off of other weak performers. The woman who played his wife was also very good during most of the film, and I thought that the two made a very convincing pair.

Make no mistake, though, this is a very Christian film. I would only recommend you go and see it if you are a Bible believer because the Bible and its teachings are brought up throughout the whole movie. And if you are a Bible believer, I absolutely say that you and your wife should go and see it. Let it be a point of discussion for the two of you. Let it affect your marriage.

This movie challenged me. Time takes its toll on a husband and a wife. We forget about who and why we married, and it takes little things like this movie to help remind us how blessed we are to have the wives we do. For all of the movie's film making weakness, its strength lies in its message: Don't leave your marriage behind!

After the movie, I couldn't help but open my wife's door as we were in getting into the car. She's my partner, and I want her to know that.


  1. Nice to hear of a movie based around some good morals. It is too bad the money is made on immoral movies but I don't think that will change too soon.

  2. Went and saw the movie in part because of your review. It challenged my wife and I, and we were both blessed and encouraged by it. Thanks for recommending it =).

  3. Glad you liked it, Eric!

  4. I do not know if anyone is a firefighter. I am and I can tell you that there are more blind sided by divorce. Some from being to committed to the job, addicted to adrenaline and being a hero (sometimes). Some from their wives being left alone for so long. Most of us work 24 hour shifts. Some women do not do well with this and it is easy for the devil to put companionship in front of them. So if you will all married/unmarried firefighters need your prayers, please include myself.

  5. I just got back from watching Fireproof... it was great to see such a different-flavored movie on the regular, big screen

  6. My wife and I saw fireproof and it was as if they recorded our life a few years ago. Since our rough patch, we have worked hard to make our marriage fireproof. It hasn't been easy, but it has been worth it. We are more in love than ever before.