2009-05-14 16:33

What it’s about:

Captain Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story. After seven years of marriage, Caleb (Kirk Cameron) and Catherine Holt (Erin Bethea) have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. Caleb commits to the challenge, but can he love his wife while forsaking God's love for him?

What we thought about it:

Remember Kirk Cameron as Mike Seaver in Growing Pains? In Fireproof, the 80s TV star plays a tattered and lost soul ready to throw in the towel of marriage. Marriage is no a walk in the park, or so I’m told. It requires hard work and everyday can be a challenge. Caleb and Catherine's wedded bliss hits a snag and they want to divorce (or so they think). For many who encounter problems in their marriage, this can be the easiest road to take.

After the suggestion of “The Love Dare” by his father, Caleb realises that he has nothing left to lose and gives it a try. “The Love Dare” is basically a notebook filled with forty Bible verses and suggestions to help keep your wife from leaving you and hooking up with some other dude (to put it frankly). Caleb vows to surprise Catherine with a special little treat each morning, but unfortunately, she’s already detaching herself emotionally, and falls for another man (like you didn't see that coming). With the help of his father and a colleague whose marriage is going swimmingly thanks to payer, Caleb perseveres and continues to woo the woman he loves.

With her reaction, you begin to wonder if it’s really all worth it or if she’s just some nagging wife and you really do end up feeling sorry for Caleb. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself saying “that ungrateful bitch”. The movie is definitely about love and commitment and that you really do need both to make it work. But the point of the story is simple as Caleb’s father (Harris Malcom) says “To have a good marriage, you must first understand how to love someone and that comes from the source of unconditional love – God”.

Along his spiritual journey, Caleb also confronts his addiction to pornography; an issue often ignored in not only Christianity, but many other cultures as well but is regarded as taboo. The beauty of this story is that it centres on this addiction as part of the conflict between Caleb and Catherine. And like day 23 of the “the love dare” highlights it is all about “watching out for parasites or addictions”.

Speaking to someone who saw the movie as well, Renecia Wilson, shares her views: “Well I think the movie makes you realise that sometimes we just miss the small things or look past it but at the end of the day it can turn out to something major. But reality has proven, in most cases you will always end up with having the 20% that you want and loosing the 80% that you really need and that you already had and that you have to ask yourself is it really worth it”.

This movie will touch your heart in many ways as its relatable, so don’t expect to see a dry eye in the house.

This film is showing part of the Faith Film Festival.
In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as "The Love Dare" in an effort to save his crumbling marriage.

Janine 2009/05/29 2:37 PM
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One word. EXCELLENT !!!!!!
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