Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Movie Review -- Fireproof

Have you seen this movie? If not, you really should. If you are married, it will really cause you to look at your marriage, especially if you are a Christian. This movie stars Kirk Cameron, and was the highest grossing independent film of 2008. One of the coolest thing about this movie, is that ALL of the actors, including Kirk Cameron, did this movie for free...without pay...as volunteers!!!
Here's what wikipedia says about the "Box Office":
Fireproof's advance sales accounted for 40% of all Fandango sales before the film opened. In the week prior to opening, Fireproof had pre-sold more than $1 million in tickets. Fireproof was released on September 26, 2008 in 839 theaters. In its first weekend, Fireproof grossed $6,836,036, putting it in fourth place at the box office. It's per-theater take was $8,148, putting it in fifth place that weekend. As of January 26, 2009, Fireproof has an estimated domestic gross of $33,415,129, more than tripling the lifetime earnings of its predecessor, Facing the Giants, and moving it into the top 5 Christian films by earnings.

In each of Fireproof's first four weeks in the box office, it gained in theater counts. It had 839 theaters in its first weekend, 852 in its second, 875 in its third, and 905 in its fourth. During this time, it lost many theaters, bringing its total down, but also added some through this time, keeping it among the top box office films. As of December 12, 2008, it has lost more than half of its theaters, at 346.
I guess that just goes to show that sex, a lack of clothing, violence, and bad language aren't what everyone is into. You can make a good movie that doesn't have all the unnecessary garbage in it.
Kirk Cameron plays Caleb Holt, who is a fire captain, who has the phrase "Never leave your partner behind." ingrained in his mind. But when it comes to his marriage, that phrase doesn't even come into play. Struggling with a temper, no desire to show gratefulness to his wife, and dealing with a pornography addiction, Caleb's marriage is in danger of bursting into flames...and not the good kind! Caleb's wife Katherine is also dealing with a lot, including helping her parents out every week because of her mom's stroke, holding a full time job, doing everything around the house, and falling for a co-worker's attentions.
Caleb's parents are new Christians, and his dad encourages Caleb to go through a 40 day "course", called the Love Dare, to get his marriage back on track. Each day is a struggle, until Caleb figures out the only way to get through it, and to repair his marriage. The cross, and Christ.
I hope that you will buy or rent this movie. It is definitely worth it! Take it to your church and ask them to do a showing of it. Invite some friends over to watch it. Show it at your home group. Discuss it. I think that you will be glad you did.

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