Sunday, October 12, 2008

REVIEW: Fireproof

When my husband and I entered the theater on opening night, we were shocked! Expecting the same turnout as we experienced when we went to see "Thr3e" (my family of four and one other person), imagine my surprise when this theater was PACKED! I mean, several church groups of 15 or more filled the seats. HALLELUJAH! And this group was out for a night of fun. They were chatting among themselves and entertaining the rest of us. This had the energentic feel of a movie pre-screening, which is definitely a more intense theater experience.

When the film began, my heart sunk. The only acting taking place onscreen was from Kirk Cameron! I felt bad for dragging my husband to see "Fireproof" and found myself wishing I had purchased tickets for "Eagle Eye" instead. Then, the Holy Spirit kicked my heart into high gear! I got so totally invested in this story of a firefighter and his crumbling marriage that I felt every argument's sucker-punch and anger and pain and the effort this hurting hero was investing in trying to fix things. I laughed and cried and gasped at emotional scenes.


The church that made this movie (and "Facing the Giants" and "Flywheel") has a real gift for storytelling and using the medium of film to bring their stories to the masses. I pray that they keep making movies and blessing others with this ministry.

"Fireproof"'s effects were immediate. I walked out of the theater wanting to be a better, more attentive wife. I know my husband felt a similar commitment. I can guarantee we weren't the only ones.

Since then, we've picked up the book "The Love Dare" which is a wonderful devotional. I can't recommend the packaged Bible studies, though, for a couple of reasons. First, I haven't thoroughly cone through the participant's guide, but it looks like a decent study. Second, the DVD that goes with it doesn't offer any real teaching, just 2-5 minute clips of the film to view before each session. Since I plan to purchase the movie when it comes out on DVD, I should have simply purchased the participant book and saved a few bucks...

I highly recommend this movie! See it with your spouse. See it with your kids - show them what marriage is supposed to look like. See it with your extended family. See it with your church. JUST SEE IT!

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Belle-ah said...

We really loved it (even with some of the "small budget" issues).

patrick said...

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