Fireproof is the second movie put out by the same people who made Facing the Giants and stars Kirk Cameron who I will always see as Michael Sievers on the 1980s TV show Growing Pains.
I remember hearing about Fireproof when it first came out in September 2008. I have to be honest and say that my reaction was, “Oh great! Another ‘Christian’ movie.” If you’ve know me or have read my blog for a while, you already know that is my default response to Christian entertainment. I was also turned off by all the hype it was getting. Recently, though, a number of couples in our church had seen the movie and reacted positively to the movie. Some had even suggested showing the movie at church to a larger audience. So, I thought I’d have to be fair and watch the movie before passing further judgement on it.
With the rest of my family being in California this week, I took the opportunity to have a relaxing Sunday afternoon and watch the movie.
“It wasn’t horrible.”
Now, that might seem like a bad review, but for a “Christian movie” that is a good review from me. This was a definite improvement from Facing the Giants.
I could go on and describe all the parts that made me roll my eyes or cringe like a few moments of bad acting, some artificial dialogue, and coming really close to oversimplifying the complex issues of bringing a marriage back from the brink of divorce. I’ll simply leave my criticism there.
On the positive end, I was rather surprised by the movie. I was expecting yet another cheesy and horribly written moral tale. What I saw was a pretty good attempt at making a traditional evangelical view of relationships and marriage fit a broader audience. The movie also did a fair job of trying to get the audience to empathize with the main characters.
Fireproof presents the importance of commitment within a marriage as well as what it means to sacrificially love your spouse without overdoing the moralizing too much. I think that this movie would be appropriate to show an audience of Christ-followers as a catalyst to help married couples communicate with each other surrounding issues of self-sacrifice, unconditional love, respect and generosity towards each other.