I watched the movie Fireproof with Hannah and her best friend during Spring Break. Not once did we pause the movie for a snack or a drink. That’s because the story is a compelling one about a firefighter who is neglecting his wife. Married seven years and on the verge of divorce, neither the firefighter or his wife understands the meaning of true love.
Sound a bit boring? Don’t you believe it. There’s real entertainment value in the two, intense rescue scenes that illustrate the main plot and the themes of the movie. The firefighter, Caleb Holt, is willing to give his life to save strangers, but struggles with saving his own marriage. He trains a rookie firefighter to never leave his partner during a fire, and learns to personally apply that concept to his life partner.
The rescue scenes were well-shot and engaging. There was also a good dose of humor. The conversations of the women who worked at the hospital with the wife, Catherine, and the playful banter among the firefighters at the station, were funny. As the story unfolded, we watched some scenes through tears or with an ache in our throats. All of the actors are amateurs, with the exception of professional actor, Kirk Cameron, who portrayed Caleb. Yet, the amateur actors make the story even more believable.
Interwoven throughout the story is a clear presentation of the gospel, and the meaning of true love. Caleb and Catherine’s failing relationship is based on their own flawed definitions of love. As the story progresses, Caleb acquires a new definition of love—outside and above himself—from the Lord who created love.
This movie grabs your attention because it’s about real love and real life.