Film review: “Fireproof”

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I never imagined I’d watch this film let alone actually like it enough to recommend it. My wife procured this movie well over a month ago and it sat collecting dust that whole time until last week. We finally sat down and watched it and I must say I was quite impressed. The story was engaging, the acting well done, and it contained a decent Gospel presentation. Overall it was truly inspiring, encouraging, and challenging for couples in their marriages to be better husbands and wives to their spouses. The film also drove home the concept of doing what’s right no matter the odds, resistance, and obstacles. I wholeheartedly recommend this film.

Here’s a clip from the movie:

16 thoughts on “Film review: “Fireproof”

  1. I have to agree. I’m sure it will catch a fair amount of criticism as “Gospel-lite,” or not Biblical enough in the Gospel presentation, but I thought it was very refreshing next to 99.9% of everything else that comes out on film.

    I do a ton of family counseling, and I would caution anyone who sees it to remember that in real life, by the time the marriage reaches the stage where Cameron starts doing the “40 days,” the other spouse has usually already moved out of the family home, making it really tough to bring her coffee, make a romantic dinner for her, etc.

  2. My wife and I watched it on video recently. Now, if anyone asks me if I’ve seen it or not, the first thing I mention is this scene. The writers have done in about 5 minutes what all the Rick Warrens, Joel Osteens and Perry Nobles can’t do in a lifetime–present the gospel in a way that is truthful yet still–ooh, I hate this word–relevant.

    PS–The scene at the end, where he kisses his wife in the firehouse, they swapped out actresses and Kirk Cameron is kissing his real wife. How cool is that?

  3. fourpointer – that 5 minute highlight indeed outshines the men-pleasers you mentioned. The message of repentance was there – something that is anathema to those fellas.

  4. Sorry Bill. I forgot.

    I must have been overwhelmed with fright that this was a sappy “chick flick.” I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more than that.

    – The Pilgrim

  5. European,

    Thank you for stopping by to read. You have jumped to some illogical conclusions if you think the only thing that inspires our marriages is the watching of a movie. Personally, I have not watched the movie (as of yet anyway), but do not see the problem with learning from the Biblical message that others share in the form of visual media.

    I have spent a great deal of time in marriage counseling directly from the Word of God in my ministry and my direction never runs to watching a movie or to get the latest book or fad to help a failing marriage. My goal is to point others to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Perfect Example that He left for us as a Servant.

    You are correct that we have a great need to weep over the sin’s of our country, but I am afraid this is not just true for the USA. It is also true for every country in Europe which have long gone done the path of liberalism, greed, and decay. Sin grows more and more abundant, wickedness covers the land – few cry out for mercy at the hands of a holy, righteous God.

    I would conclude with one question – if you feel that wasting 3 hours of your life for something which is not eternal as the living Word in the watching of a Christian movie is not valuable, then why do you bother to spend time in front of your computer trolling through websites and blogs reading and taking the time to castigate them because they do not line up exactly with your idea of whatever your religion might be??

    The Desert Pastor

  6. Dear Desert Pastor:
    Sadly, Mr. (or Mrs.) European has trolled this blog on numerous other occasions and his sole purpose for doing so is to attack us. Some of his other comments have summarily been deleted because his intent is so clearly seen. I am unsure of why he bothers to camp here when all he wants to do is attack every word we type.

    Dear European:
    Please read our Rules of Engagement and familiarize yourself with number three. You consistently put words in our mouths and twist the context of our posts like in this comment of yours in which you accuse us of celebrating Easter, but strangely that post had nothing to do with “Easter” and never even mentioned Easter, but you didn’t let that little fact get in the way of your ulterior motives. Whatever pleasure you derive from incessantly chastising us is drawing to a quick conclusion on this blog.

    – The Pilgrim

  7. I have a question, My church is considering playing this movie for the congregation as sort of a family night thing. During the discussions about this the Pastor informed us that it is a good movie but we must Make the message more Lutheran, or “WELS”ify it. WELS being wisconsin evegelical Lutheran Synod. I find myself dissagreeing with him . Is there a certain denomonational twist that I’m unaware of?

  8. Aaron,

    I have watched the DVD. There is no denomonation mentioned in the movie that I saw.

    The main theme that I saw was until you surrender your life to the Lord nothing else matters. Love is not enough if Jesus isn’t the Lord of you life.

    I think it shows that you have to truly repent.

    I would recommend it for anyone!

  9. Not sure I watched the same movie as the rest of you. While the message was certainly noble, the movie-making quality was poor. I have not seen this level of overacting since Star Trek the TV series (but I think that was intentional) or anything starring William Shatner. There is a reason Kirk Cameron is where is now: he can’t act.

    I run monthly film forums for my church, but could not possibly offer this film. Some level of sublety is required to make it at least mildly interesting.

    I will admit, however, that a couple of my Christian friends liked it. Is it possible that too many people “like” it because they’re supposed to like it on account of the message? “Believing is seeing,” right?

    I don’t know, maybe I’m too demanding. I really wanted to like it but couldn’t.

  10. Dear Kyle:

    I certainly didn’t like the movie because I was supposed to like it. In fact, I was not expecting to like it at all and had no intention of ever watching it.

    As I said, my wife is the one who got it and I eventually convinced myself to endure it. And as it turned out I was pleasantly surprised with it.

    Do you want an example of a real awful “Christian” movie? I submit for your consideration The Genius Club. I thought the premise was fascinating and watched it with great expectation (the very opposite of my approach to Fireproof). However, it was an incredibly stupid movie with an equally incredibly stupid ending.

    And finally, in regards to your slight against Mr. Cameron: I saw no problem with his acting in Fireproof. I would also beg to differ that the reason Kirk Cameron is where he is at now is because of his acting. I propose he’s where he’s at because that’s where God wants him to be; not in some R-rated, sex-filled, gratuitously-violent, God-blaspheming Hollywood flick (sure to be used as a sermon topic at some church somewhere). Just some food for thought.

    – The Pilgrim

  11. Kyle,

    Did you ever stop to think that maybe Kirk Cameron “is where he is” because he wouldn’t compromise and stoop to the level of filth that is being made by Hollywood? That he–oh, I don’t know–actually lives what he believes? And that maybe you missed the whole point of the movie? That it’s not about the acting and the cinematography and all that other stuff? That sometimes you have to look past all that and see the real message? Apparently not. As with many people, the sole focus is on the outward appearance of things, not the message.

    But, alas, this is what has happened in so many churches these days. People don’t want to sit and listen to some preacher babble on about that boring old Bible, and all that talk about sin and holiness. No, we want panem et circenses! “Bread and games! Give us bread and games!” And so we have the ear-tickling that is going on in so many churches today. We have churches that advertise how “hip, cool, and relevant” they are. They use Satanic music and filthy movie references and crude, vulgar humor to “relate” to the worldly culture around them–all the while ignoring the clear teachings of Scripture to “do not touch what is unclean.”

    One final question, Kyle. What kind of movies would you recommend to show at your church? Since you wouldn’t dare show a movie that contains a clear presentation of the gospel, I wonder what kind of film you would approve of?

  12. It’s true that many “christian” movies suffer from poor production and/or acting quality. I do not think Fireproof has too much of either.

    Another good movie of this genre is Time Changer – it’s been out a while, has “name” actors, and is somewhat shocking in its revulsion of current culture. I don’t care for the theology of some of the “money people” behind this film, but the movie itself is one I recommend to lots of people – especially those church-goers who are comfortable with the culture. http://www.timechangermovie.com/home.htm

  13. Pilgrim,

    Fair points.

    I obviously don’t know the motivation behind Kirk Cameron’s situation, so I should not speculate.

    Regarding the acting, each of us is entitled to our own opinion. And, “taste is a matter of taste,” as they say.

    Thanks for the tip on “The Genius Club.” Sounds like I will be missing that one.

    Let us know when YOU finish that sermon!

    Kyle
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    fourpointer,

    No, I did not miss the point of the movie. Pretty hard to miss it since it beat me over the head with it time and again in such an obvious fashion it was ridiculous. And as I noted, the message was noble, implementation was too flawed for my taste.

    It’s not about the acting and cinematography??? It’s a movie, so of course it’s about those things, along with the message. That’s like saying food is not about taste, only about about nutrition. I like to get both. If there were no other quality movies from which to learn and discuss Christian topics in the context of our society, then I could watch this. But there are too many other high-quality options.

    And you should refrain from blasting all of Hollywood as if it’s one big entity. There are plenty of quality films out there (and plenty of garbage, too). One film I have not used but love is “The Passion of the Christ.” Quality, quality, quality, and on message.

    Below is my recent movie list (all good, some better than others). Again, my emphasis is on highlighting Christian messages and response within the context of our society and to highlight social-justice issues from a Christian perspective. Jesus called us to be “in the world but not of it;” not to hide from or ignore its many problems. Enjoy!

    Amazing Grace
    The Nativity Story
    End of the Spear
    Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (kids)
    The Apostle
    The Killing Fields
    The Quiet American
    Henry Poole Was Here
    Prince Caspian (kids)
    Sling Blade
    The Kite Runner
    Unforgiven
    Hotel Rwanda
    Millions (kids)
    Million Dollar Baby
    Because of Winn-Dixie (kids)
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Dead Man Walking

  14. Vision Forum has a celebration each year of the effort they are involved in to develop and train believers who desire to make films that edify , entertain and convey the biblical worldview and salvation message …I suggest their site for investigating various films that have been offered for those who are seeking not only good family viewing and information but who would like to encourage and support the up and coming challengers to the usual programming offered by the world.

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