never leave your partner behind: the life of a fireman cannot be easy. It’s full of near death situations, from cars stalling on train tracks to saving little girls from burning buildings. However, for fire Chief Caleb Holt, played by volunteer actor Kirk Cameron, it’s like a break from normal life. Because the spiritual state of his home is a lot worse. He is constantly frustrated with his wife because of her constant disrespect and bad attitude towards him. For her part, she cannot cope with the pressure of working at the hospital, while trying to take care of her parents and keep her own house in order, whilst being married to a husband that she knows is addicted to the internet (in the worst sense). By the end of the first few scenes, both of them “want out” (something that had obviously been alluded to already). That’s when Caleb’s dad steps in and gives Caleb what he calls a ‘love dare’. Basically, It’s a book that encourages him to do something new for his wife every day. Caleb, with the encouragement of a Christian co-fire-fighter, reluctantly takes it up. But if his heart isn’t really in it, could it not just backfire on him?
In a lot of ways, Fireproof is similar to the first two. It has that clean, somewhat corny humour style scattered throughout, and of course, it comes from the main characters goofy co-workers. The story, although much deeper and more complex, shares a lot of the same elements. But in a lot of ways it’s different. Sherwood aims this film at married couples, and there are some intense, adult elements blended in, most of which go over the kid’s heads. The messages on marriage are for the most part told very well. It has a few edge of your seat moments, but all with a rather predictable outcome. The story is stronger and better written, though I have said that already. And it is accompanied by a much better score, with some better orchestrations, and more Third Day and Casting Crowns songs.
Back to the movie itself, as was expected at the from the moment I sat down, Caleb, through the influences of his dad, is eventually led to Christ. But, stunningly unlike the other two films, things are hardly smooth from that point forward. Quite the reverse. While Caleb is more committed to saving his marriage then ever, such damage has been done that his wife is running in the opposite direction. To make thing much worse, his wife is has been meeting with another man. Fire-fighting isn’t getting any easier. But Caleb continues working hard….
That’s probably as much as I can reveal. Sure enough, Fireproof has Facing the Giants licked. Kirk Cameron delivers an excellent performance, and his fellow actors and actresses were highly commendable. But this film is not without blemishes. Despite the fact that I said the story was better, way to many of the messages of this film, however good, were written with a hammer and chisel. But I can’t tell you how you’ll like the film: I can only give a recommendation. While this isn’t this most well made movie in the world, it is family-friendly, and openly Christian. If you really feel like going to see a movie right now, you should see this one. If not, wait for the DVD. To wrap it up, Fireproof the best Sherwood Picture yet, and high on the list of best Christian films.