Fireproof Roundup

I had hoped to see the movie Fireproof this weekend but could not find it in any of the local theaters. According to the news it did quite well, debuting at no. 4 over the weekend with a gross of $6.5 million dollars, the second highest debut this year for a film released on 1,000 screens or less.

Here are some links and reviews:

Christian Post: ‘Fireproof’ Debuts at No. 4

The movie, produced by church-based ministry Sherwood Pictures, tells the inspiring story of a fireman and his struggle to save his faltering marriage from ending with his newfound faith and with the help of the “Love Dare,” a 40-day spiritual guide that utilizes Scripture to reveal what true love is.

New York Times: Fireproof (2008)

“Fireproof” may not be the most profound movie ever made, but it does have its commendable elements, including that rarest of creatures on the big (or small) screen: characters with a strong, conservative Christian faith who don’t sound crazy.

Christianity Today: Fireproof (See also Peter Chattaway at FilmChat)

After a shaky start and a steady middle, the film ends on a genuinely moving note that didn’t quite have me in tears, but still got me where it counts, both times I saw the film. With this, the folks at Sherwood Baptist Church have made their most impressive movie yet.

Good News Film Reviews: Fireproof Rakes in the Cash

In my original view of the trailer I claimed this looked like “another groan-inducing, half-baked flick that begs to be ridiculed.” It still looks like that to me, but apparently I may be in the minority here.

Boundless: Watching Fireproof

You know what? Despite the film’s “poor production values,” I found my heart elevated by the story. I adjusted my expectations based on the limitations placed on the film crew because of the available expertise and technology, and was able to engage the story to my benefit. (Note: You must read this one for context. It is not what you think it is.)

So, have any of you seen Fireproof yet? What did you think?

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Our church went to see FIREPROOF on Saturday – about 100 of us. That, in itself, was a blast. It was excellent. It had funny moments that really made me laugh, tense moments that had me gripping my seat, and poignant moments that really moved me. It’s really good. I was hoping it would be!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Sharon – Thanks for the report. Did you have to travel far to see it, or was it in a local theater for you?

  3. Sharon Gamble says:

    Initially, the closest theater was over an hour away. Several churches petitioned for it, though, so then our local theatre agreed to show it. It was a ten minute drive in the end. 🙂

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