Last night Tommy and I went with some friends to see Fireproof the movie by the same people who produced Facing the Giants. It is a great movie, not just a great movie for a Christian film. There are some hilarious scenes and some pretty intense action scenes plus romance, all the things you expect from a great movie. The thing that stood out to me the most is the honesty of the film. While most movies are idealized, this film was a truly honest look at the struggles that occur within most marriages. We have gone through many struggles in our marriage, so I could completely relate to everything that Catherine, the wife in the movie, was feeling. I meant to ask the guys, but I suspect that they could say the same for Caleb, the husband’s character in the movie played by Kirk Cameron. The movie is very open about Caleb’s struggle with pornography which I believe is a struggle most men have but are afraid to admit.
On the downside, it did get a little preachy in a couple of places. Of course, I think I’m probably especially sensitive to that because I’ve seen the damage that in-your-face religion can do. I think they could have still gotten the message across that God is the one who was responsible for the changes in Caleb’s character without some of the scenes that were included.
I’m assuming the movie was filmed in Georgia like Facing the Giants with a low-budget and many local actors. Living in the south, that didn’t bother me too much since I know many people like the ones in the movie. My concern is that this quality might be a turn-off to people in other areas of the country although they may be drawn in enough by the story to overlook this aspect.
Overall, it is an excellent, entertaining story with a great message that only the hardest of hearts could keep from being moved by. I highly recommend it!