“Marriages aren’t fireproof.” So states Caleb Holt, the lead character of the new motion picture Fireproof, the third in a series of films created by the Sherwood Baptist Church community in Albany, Georgia.
This film, like its predecessors, contains powerful themes about faith, religion and morality—issues that are slowly becoming more prevalent in today’s films. Fireproof, a low-budget -- but high quality film -- about a marriage on the brink of divorce, is the latest film to attempt to prove that movies can be entertaining, and at the same time, instill values.
Several days ago, I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Fireproof at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit held in Washington D.C. The film stars Kirk Cameron, a well-known Hollywood actor most famous for his role on the long-running television hit Growing Pains, which aired from 1985-1992.
Cameron, unlike the other cast members in the film, is a well-known actor. After seeing the Sherwood Baptist Church’s previous film, Facing the Giants, Cameron expressed interest to the church and was eventually cast in the lead role in this film. The other actors in the movie are little-known volunteers who wanted to be a part of the production.
The movie opens with Caleb (Cameron’s character) at the end of the rope regarding his marriage. During his job as a firefighter, Caleb battles against flames, smoke and a fast-moving train and he endorses the firefighting idea of never leaving a partner behind. However, as Caleb battles by day against smoke and flames, in his home life, Caleb has to fight a war to save his marriage from destruction.
After learning his son’s marriage is on the brink, Caleb’s father provides him with a daily journal of assignments he should complete to save his marriage. The film revolves around the challenges in meeting these daily goals. Throughout the forty days of this endeavor (where each day comes with a new task to be added to previous tasks), Caleb tries (with varying degrees of effort) to follow his father’s advice. Here’s where the story takes a spiritual turn: As the days progress, Caleb realizes that neither he, nor his wife, can save the marriage alone. Nor can they save the marriage without God’s help and guidance.
Fireproof, like its predecessors Flywheel, and Facing the Giants, is a small movie that carries strong messages of faith, family and Christian values. These movies were created not by big-time Hollywood producers -- but by a church-going community that wanted to spread God’s message through motion pictures.