Plot: What’s it about?
Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is a respected and dedicated fireman, a profession in which he lives by the creed that you never leave your partner behind. Even when faced with the brutal flames and potential death, Caleb always looks out for his fellow crew members. But in his personal life, his partnership with his wife isn’t as rock solid. While Caleb and his wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) were once filled with passion for each other, the love has fizzled out in recent times. Not just that, but it seems like the two can’t even be around each other much these days. When Catherine tells Caleb she wants a separation however, Caleb is devastated and begins to search within himself. His father convinces him to take a love dare, in which Caleb re-dedicates his life to God and betters himself, in order to save his relationship and his own life. But even as Caleb begins to feel real change, Catherine finds a potential new love, so will the marriage go up in flames?
Fireproof was a box office juggernaut, earning back over sixty times the production costs, with audiences flocking in droves to see the story unfold. This is quite impressive, since Christianity driven films usually don’t rack up huge numbers and because the film is the product of a church, Sherwood Baptist Church. The filmmakers’ previous film Facing the Giants was solid entertainment, but their sophomore effort ups the ante. The story here is a simple one, as a man seeks to save his marriage and turn over a new leaf in life, even as he faces almost certain loss. The writing is good and allows the emotional content to seem natural, while also being skilled in the religious aspect. Now this is a Christian movie, the message is up front and never hides, but it is also a solid movie that tells a worthwhile story. Kirk Cameron has starred in other Christian centered films, but Fireproof is by far the best work of his career and it is obvious he believes in the material. So if you want a good movie that delivers a positive, uplifting message, then Fireproof is well worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
Fireproof is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This might not be the best transfer I’ve seen, but it looks great and should delight fans. The image is bright and clean, with a lot of detail and a very refined visual texture. In other words, a huge jump up from the DVD, which is great news. The depth is impressive, even if not on par with the format’s top titles. Even so, this looks quite remarkable, with accurate colors and contrast throughout. In short, this is one impressive visual transfer and should satisfy all who watch the film.
Audio: How does it sound?
This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is rock solid, but never memorable. This film isn’t driven by high impact audio, but more than a few scenes offer good potential. That potential goes unfulfilled however, as the surrounds are never pushed much. So even in the most active sequences, there isn’t a lot of presence. Even so, the basics are covered at all times. So dialogue is clear and clear, music sounds good, and no errors surface. This disc also includes Portuguese and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Supplements: What are the extras?
An audio commentary starts us off, with director Alex Kendrick and his brother Stephen, who served as a producer. The session is solid, but isn’t as interesting or in depth as the best commentaries out there. The pair talks about the shooting process, the cast, and what inspired them to make the movie happen. A host of featurettes are included and while none stand out as overly insightful, they all combine to offer a decent look inside the production. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, a music video, and a reel of outtakes.