Today I want to promote a movie. It’s a good movie, it’s got a great story line, and even a better message. The movie is called “Fireproof” and it’s made by the same producers that brought you “Facing the Giants” a couple of years ago. Now, I know what you may be thinking to yourself right now… "I saw ‘Facing the Giants' and the acting wasn’t much better than those guys in ‘Tell it To Tommy’”. Well, I understand and would probably agree. I have my own thoughts about “Facing the Giants” but you’ll have to ask me about them later. But for now, allow me to recommend “Fireproof”.
I was privileged to watch a pre-screening of this movie last month and was very impressed. Sure, the acting still leaves much to be desired – but it has improved. In fact, the lead role is played by none other than Kirk Cameron (aka “Mike Seaver” from “Growing Pains”- see, there's your 80's reference). The production is well done and as I said, the story line will keep you in the movie. It’s about a couple, Caleb and Catherine Holt, who have a bad marriage that’s getting worse and heading for divorce, until Caleb’s father convinces him to take a “love dare” for the next 40 days. The movie follows the successes and failures of this last ditch attempt to restore what appears to be beyond hope.
My friend (and boss), Bob Lepine has written a good review on which I could not improve, here's a short excerpt:
FIREPROOF takes us into the center of what life looks like in too many marriages. Much to Catherine’s disgust, Caleb looks at pornography on the Internet and dreams about buying a boat. Catherine has lost all respect for her husband, and is responding to the kind words and caring gestures of a doctor at the hospital where she works. Caleb and Catherine are two individuals who pass each other in the kitchen and who no longer share a bed—strangers living in the same house.
Read Bob's entire review here.
Lastly, there’s a book that is being released along with the movie. The book is called “The Love Dare” and I’d also recommend you picking up a copy at your local book retailer. I have my own copy and am very impressed – as much with the appendices as with the rest of the book (and I’m a pretty tough critic with books). The most important concept that the book teaches is one that deals with our hearts and addresses this question: Are we to FOLLOW our hearts… or LEAD our hearts? What do you think? I’d be curious to hear your comments.
You can watch the trailer below and/or visit the Fireproof website. Then make a date with your spouse or significant other this weekend and check out “Fireproof”. And, let me know what you think.