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Fireproof

Reviewed by Cory Clubb

"Fireproof seems to have it all comedy, drama, thrills, and a few tear-jerkers. But, what it all comes down to is a simple message of love."

From acclaimed writer/directors Stephen and Alex Kendrick comes their third feature film. Fresh from the resounding successful Facing the Giants, Sherwood Films presents Fireproof. The film is a story about a crumbling marriage between a couple who have both given up on each other and love. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) and his wife Catherine (Erin Bethra) are finished trying to reconcile with one another and decide to call it quits after seven years of marriage. That is until Caleb’s father imposes a challenge in the form of a book. For 40 days Caleb will learn to recapture his wife’s heart. But it’s not as easy as he thinks, nor is his wife accepting of her husband’s changes. Can Caleb learn the truth about love in time to rescue his wife before their marriage goes up in smoke?

When I first heard about this film and watched the trailer online one thought popped into my mind: here comes another low budget Christian film just like all the others that will crash and burn. Don’t get me wrong I support Christian films because I understand the message they want to get across as filmmakers, yet low expectations just seem to come along with these films. Those expectations were blown out of the water by Fireproof.

Made on a shoestring budget, the acting and special effects don’t scream summer blockbuster, but that isn’t the point here. The true identity of this film is a character driven force which has the power to stand on its own. The couple becomes real in a common sense, and audiences can relate to their problems and emotions displayed on screen. And just when I thought the plot was going to give in to the typical happy ending it took a twist and powered on. The Christian message embedded in Fireproof isn’t pushy or over done either; it comes off as realized and truthful. Not only have the Kendrick brothers delivered an amazing film, but a Bible study and connection resources are available to those who want to extend past the movie.

Fireproof seems to have it all comedy, drama, thrills, and a few tear-jerkers. But, what it all comes down to is a simple message of love. In the society we live in today where our economy is declining and relationships are drowning, films like this are paramount. Let the movie’s experience open your heart, if not in your marriage, in your personal walk. Take hold of something bigger than yourself, challenge yourself to do what is right, and fight for the redemption of your soul. With such large support of this film, I hope that these filmmakers and crew can continue to raise the bar for features to come.

Cory ClubbCory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.



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