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Fireproof

Drama movie directed by Alex Kendrick

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Really Worth Watching...Especially if Your Marriage isn't Where You Want it to be.

  • Mar 7, 2009
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This movie is a must-see for so many reasons. For your consideration:

Despite the title and fiery photographs/trailers, this is not a movie just about intense drama and danger. Don't misunderstand, there is plenty of edge-of-seat drama and enough danger to make the two hour movie fly by, but if you don't want to see it because of the intensity factor, rest assured, the intensity is secondary to the story of Kat and Caleb.

Though this movie is made by a church, and mentions the uncomfortable words, Jesus, sin and afterlife, it also covers heavy, heavy subject matters that plague so many marriages. Though Jesus, sin and afterlife are mentioned throughout I'd estimate that spiritual matters are probably discussed a total of ten minutes in the two hours of film.

There is a touch of cheesiness. The low budget, the melding of soundtrack/dialogue in a few scenes, and the woodenness of a few secondary characters were minor irritants. However, Kirk Cameron does an outstanding job. I was truly impressed. I wasn't enthusiastic about the Left Behind movies and his part seemed pretty one-dimensional in that series of films. But in Fireproof, Kirk hits every possible emotion and is very believable as a man who is facing a fork-in-the-road.

The writing is well-done. The filmmakers have thrown in their customary goofy humor. Several scenes are laugh out loud funny which again makes the two hours fly by. Humorous one-liners are peppered throughout.

Fireproof is not just for married couples or married couples in a at-risk relationship. Everyone on the planet has relationships. The common sense "Love Dare" instructions and suggestions could help restore, mend or soften any hardened, near-dead relationship you might have.

I appreciated the realism that was represented in Kat and Caleb's struggle. Having a marriage that was as bad as theirs, and having been blessed by God's healing and restoration of said marriage, I know where they were coming from and their words and actions were very realistic. That realism and the end result should resonate with couples everywhere and bring hope to some really desperate people.

See this movie. Wait, if you must, for the budget theaters or for Red Box rentals so you don't have to shell-out big dollar movie ticket money. However, if you are in a relationship that is dying, I'd suggest that you invest the $8 or $10 a ticket and see it tonight.

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July 10, 2010
I agree KonaCat. Thanks for commenting.
 
June 07, 2010
Great review! I really liked this movie and was surprised that it was a mostly-volunteer effort by a church. They did a great job.
 
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review by . June 07, 2010
Surprisingly good
Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is the local fire captain, a brave and heroic firefighter who's popular with his men. Things aren't so good at home, though; he and his wife have grown apart over the years and can barely tolerate each other. Caleb is addicted to porn and hoards his money for a boat while she seeks the affection of a co-worker.      I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. I usually don't watch Christian films, but this one is exciting, realistic, …
review by . December 11, 2008
Every once in awhile a movie comes out that ends up having a profound impact on society. Fireproof is one such movie. With an extremely low budget, and even some actors as volunteers, one might think that this movie would not hold credible.  Absolutely untrue. In a world filled with divorce and marriage conflict, this movie holds promise as perhaps being one of the first movies to be able to have a profoundly positive impact on marriages.  It is the story of a typical married …
review by . January 04, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is a must-see for so many reasons. For your consideration:    Despite the title and fiery photographs/trailers, this is not a movie just about intense drama and danger. Don't misunderstand, there is plenty of edge-of-seat drama and enough danger to make the two hour movie fly by, but if you don't want to see it because of the intensity factor, rest assured, the intensity is secondary to the story of Kat and Caleb.    Though this movie is made by …
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Fireproof is a 2008 American drama film from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sherwood Pictures. Stephen Kendrick co-wrote the film with his brother, while serving as a producer. The supporting cast is made up of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, where the Kendrick brothers serve as associate pastors. The film features Kirk Cameron as Caleb Holt in his first theater-released movie since 2001's Left Behind: The Movie.

On May 21, 2008, Sherwood Pictures announced that the film would open in theaters on September 26, 2008.[3] It was given an MPAA rating of PG for "thematic material and some peril".[4] The Making of Fireproof special aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network prior to the movie's release, following a special airing of Sherwood Pictures' second theatrical release, Facing the Giants. [5]


A feel-good drama,Fireproofhas a strong agenda: stay married, lead an honest life, and let your faith in a higher power help guide you. A still boyish-looking Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) stars as Caleb Holt, a mercurial-tempered firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks. He clearly enjoys his status as a hero, but it comes at the expense of his marriage. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) is tired of the distance and wants him to make more of an effort at home, rather than surf porn on the Internet and hoard his earnings toward his dream fishing boat instead of helping out her disabled mother. Faced with impending divorce, Caleb's dad ...
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Director: Alex Kendrick
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: SONY PICTURES
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