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Fireproof

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alex Kendrick
David Nixon (assistant director)
Produced by Alex Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick
David Nixon
Written by Alex Kendrick
Starring Kirk Cameron
Erin Bethea
Ken Bevel
Stephen Dervan
Jason McLeod
Alex Kendrick
Music by Mark Willard
Cinematography Bob Scott
Editing by Bill Ebel
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Sherwood Pictures
Release date(s) September 26, 2008
Running time 122 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000
Gross revenue $33,456,317

Fireproof is a 2008 American Christian drama film by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sherwood Pictures, directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote and co-produced it with Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan, and Jason McLeod.

Reviews for the film were mixed. They were quite positive from Christian film critics[1][2]; however, the film received more success at the box office, with Fireproof becoming a surprise hit[3], debuting at #4 and becoming the highest-grossing independent film of 2008, grossing over $33,000,000.[4]

It received awards from evangelical Christian organizations, including the Best Feature Film award at the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. It was released on DVD on January 27, 2009.

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Plot summary

Captain Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is a firefighter in Albany, Georgia who holds the motto "Never leave your partner behind, especially in a fire". Meanwhile his relationship with his wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) suffers to the point that she wants a divorce.

Caleb and Catherine both complain to their respective friends about how it is the other one's fault that their relationship is deteriorating. Among Catherine's complaints are Caleb's addiction to internet pornography and a large sum of money ($24,000) he has saved up for a fishing boat he intends to buy, ignoring the fact that Catherine's disabled mother is in need of hospital equipment that she cannot afford, and which insurance refuses to cover. When Caleb tells his father, John, about the impending divorce, John challenges Caleb to commit to a 40-day test which he calls the "Love Dare", based on Alex (the film's director) and Stephen Kendrick's book of the same name, which Caleb agrees to try. Initially Catherine doubts Caleb's sincerity in his attempts to win her back due to his half-hearted attempts at completing the Love Dare, but Caleb continues with encouragement from his father and his close friend Michael (Ken Bevel), who also encourages him to become a born-again Christian.

Caleb Holt (Cameron) screaming at his wife, Catherine (Bethea) early in the film.

In the meantime, Catherine begins flirting with Dr. Gavin Keller (Perry Revell) at the hospital where she works (who does not know that she is married because she is no longer wearing her wedding ring), informing him about her mother's medical situation. Around this time, Caleb is injured while rescuing a girl in a fire and is brought to Catherine's hospital, where a nurse inadvertently says in front of Dr. Keller that Caleb is Catherine's husband.

As he continues his 40-day challenge, Caleb begins doing more household chores and running more errands for Catherine, and he even leaves her roses. Caleb also smashes his computer to pieces with a baseball bat in order to remove the temptation of viewing internet pornography. Nevertheless, Catherine is still intent on divorce.

Catherine later learns that the equipment needed for her mother's medical care has been paid for in full. Assuming that it was Dr. Keller, she arranges a lunch date with him. Caleb informs Keller that he will not let him have Catherine without a fight, at which point Keller breaks off his relationship with Catherine and it is revealed that he is also married.

Caleb later finds Catherine at home sick, and decides to take care of her. At this point she asks Caleb why he has changed his behavior, and he mentions "The Love Dare". Caleb then fully apologizes to Catharine for his past selfishness.

Days later, Catherine learns that it was Caleb, not Dr. Keller, who purchased her mother's medical equipment. At this point she becomes convinced that his desire to change is sincere, and decides to remain in the marriage. The couple then renews their wedding vows in an outdoor ceremony, this time as a covenant with God.

Cast

Fireproof's supporting cast also included nearly 1,200 volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church.[3]

Production and marketing

Fireproof was filmed during various days of October–December 2007. The production was based on a budget of $500,000. It was shot in 16 locations, all of which were donated. Craig von Buseck of the Christian Broadcasting Network said that the movie was, "beautifully shot in and around Albany, Georgia, home to Sherwood [Baptist] Church."[5] The Albany Fire Department donated its fire station locations, trucks and even some of its crew for use during the filming.[6] The producers were also given use of a train and a hospital wing. The film's cast was made up of 1,200 volunteers, and several technical crewmen who worked below rate. Instead of marketing with television spots and billboards, Fireproof's marketers invited Christian publications to the set and screened the film early for pastors and church groups. Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films said, "The marketing is more grass roots."[3]

Soundtrack

Fireproof: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Various
Released July 14, 2009
Genre Christian
Length 57 minutes
Label Provident Label Group

The film soundtrack for Fireproof was released on July 14, 2009.[7] It features songs by Christian groups and artists, such as Casting Crowns and Third Day.

  1. "Fireproof" – Main Title (2:11)
  2. "Brighter Days" – Leeland (3:44)
  3. "This is Who I Am" – Third Day (2:32)
  4. "On the Tracks" (6:08)
  5. "The Love Dare" (1:02)
  6. "Slow Fade" – Casting Crowns (4:40)
  7. "Not Good Enough" (1:00)
  8. "What You Don't Have" (2:37)
  9. "House Fire" (6:01)
  10. "While I'm Waiting" – John Waller (4:52)
  11. "Temptation" (2:52)
  12. "The Apology" (2:43)
  13. "Personal Sacrifice" (3:48)
  14. "You Belong to Me" – Grey Holiday (1:50)
  15. "She Did It To Me" (1:50)
  16. "Love Is Not a Fight (Movie Version)" – Warren Barfield (4:28)
  17. "Bonus Track: While I'm Waiting (Fireproof Remix)" – John Waller (4:49)

Release

Fireproof was released on September 26, 2008, and received an MPAA rating of PG for "thematic material and some peril."[8]

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Reception

Fireproof has received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it rating of 40%, based on 20 reviews.[9] Metacritic gave it a metascore of 28%, based on 6 reviews.[10] Ed Gonzalez of LA Weekly said, "Fireproof stops becoming relatable to us all and only to the already, or easily, indoctrinated."[11]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter said, "While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity. Its success at the box office, which will no doubt continue on home video, demonstrates that there's no shortage of filmgoers dissatisfied with cynical Hollywood product."[12]

Joe Leydon of Variety gave the film a positive review saying "Cameron is genuinely compelling as Caleb, a work-obsessed firefighter on the verge of divorce from his neglected wife."[13]

Scott Tobias of The A/V Club criticized the film for simplifying a complicated marital conflict and for a lack of character depth, saying "Cameron acts like a childish jerk, even in the reconciliation phase, and the underlying reason is that he—and the movie—hates women."[14]

Cheryl Dickow of the Catholic Exchange reviewed the film positively, saying "I feel it is necessary to send a message to Catholics everywhere that this is a movie worth seeing."[15] Catholic Archbishop Joseph Kurtz also gave the film a positive review, saying, "While this is not a film with a uniquely Catholic theological perspective, I believe that the core message is one that can be profitably received by Catholic married couples and ultimately all married couples."[16]

Box office

Fireproof's advance sales accounted for 40% of all Fandango sales the week before before the film opened.[17] It was released on September 26, 2008 in 839 theaters.[18] Fireproof grossed $6,836,036 in its opening weekend.[19] During its run, Fireproof had a domestic gross of $33,456,317,[20] more than triple the lifetime earnings of its predecessor, Facing the Giants, and moving it into the top grossing 5 Christian films of all time.[21] It was the highest grossing independent film of 2008.[22]

DVD release

Fireproof was released to DVD on January 27, 2009. Included as special features are deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes,[23] and a commentary by the Kendrick Brothers.[24] On its first weekend of DVD release, it ranked third in retail sales[25] and fifth in rentals with a rental index of 51.02.[26] After the upcoming weeks, it sold $28,507,308 in DVD sales.[27]

Awards

2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

  • Best Feature Film[28]
  • Runner up for Best of Festival.[29]

17th Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala

  • $100,000 Epiphany Prize[30]

The Dove Foundation's Crystal Seal Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/fireproof
  2. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010214-fireproof/
  3. ^ a b c Keegan, Rebecca Winters (October 3, 2008). "Fireproof: When Filmmakers Believe in Miracles". Time. http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1847179-2,00.html. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ Buss, Dale (January 21, 2009). "What Christians Watch". The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123249904737100583.html. Retrieved January 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ Buseck, Craig von (July 18, 2008). "Kirk Cameron is Fireproof in New Movie". Christian Broadcasting Network. http://blogs.cbn.com/ChurchWatch/archive/2008/07/18/kirk-cameron-is-fireproof-in-new-movie.aspx. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ Kendrick, Stephen. Interview with C.J. Darlington. Stephen Kendrick Interview. September 2, 2008. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  7. ^ "Fireproof: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack To Release July 14". CMSpin. June 1, 2009. http://www.cmspin.com/newsmanager/anmviewer.asp?a=5499&z=26. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "MPAA ratings". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2008. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i37f216f0315421e38429e68da7ba2fbd. Retrieved September 2, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Fireproof (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010214-fireproof/. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fireproof: Samuel Goldwyn Films". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/fireproof. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (September 30, 2008). "Movie Reviews". LA Weekly. http://www.laweekly.com/2008-10-02/film-tv/movie-reviews-an-american-carol-beverly-hills-chihuahua-flash-of-genius/2. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Inspirational drama scores a surprise hit". The Hollywood Reporter. September 30, 2008. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=11737. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 
  13. ^ Leydon, Joe (September 26, 2008). "Recently Reviewed: Fireproof". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117938520.html?categoryid=31&cs=1. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  14. ^ Tobias, Scott. "Fireproof". avclub.com. http://www.avclub.com/articles/fireproof,2750/. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  15. ^ Movie Review: Fireproof
  16. ^ ‘Fireproof’ film creates stir among Catholic marriage advocates
  17. ^ Bowles, Scott (September 27, 2008). "'Fireproof' Marries God, Filmmaking". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=5895189&page=1. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Movie Fireproof". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/FRPRF.php. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for September 26-28, 2008". Box Office Mojo. September 26–28, 2008. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2008&wknd=39&p=.htm. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. December 19–21, 2008. http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?view=&yr=2008&wknd=51&p=.htm. Retrieved December 23, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Christian Movies". Box Office Mojo. November 5, 2008. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=christian.htm. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  22. ^ Buss, Dale (January 21, 2009). "What Christians Watch". The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123249904737100583.html. Retrieved January 24, 2009. 
  23. ^ "New on DVD". WNDU-TV. January 27, 2009. http://www.wndu.com/entertainment/headlines/38444279.html. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Fireproof Actor Talks about DVD Release". Christian Broadcasting Network. January 27, 2009. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/528585.aspx. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  25. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (February 4, 2009). "Lakeview Terrace tops DVD charts". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i55545185203bc0b1c6b88813cebf3212?imw=Y. Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  26. ^ "DVD/Home Video Rentals". Home Media Retailing. Box Office Mojo. January 26–February 1, 2009. http://boxofficemojo.com/dvdrentals/chart/?wk=2009-02-01&p=.htm. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  27. ^ "US DVD Sales Chart for Fireproof". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/FRPRF.php. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  28. ^ Alanis, James (January 12, 2009). "Report from San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival". The Dallas Morning News. http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/01/report-from-san-antonio-indepe.html. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  29. ^ "San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Announces 2009 Jubilee Award Winners". San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. January 12, 2009. http://www.independentchristianfilms.com/press/release_2009-01-12.asp. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  30. ^ Snyder, Tom (February 12, 2009). "FIREPROOF Wins $100,000 Epiphany Prize". Movieguide. http://www.movieguide.org/index.php?s=news&id=510. Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Dove Foundation Announces Crystal Seal Award Winners". ChristianCinema.com. April 2, 2009. http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=992. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 

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Jason McLeod
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Jason McLeod is an American Christian film actor. McLeod's first role was in the low-budget inspirational film Facing the Giants, released in 2006, playing a young football-playing student Brock Kelly. He said "God started showing me that I was basically playing myself in the movie."[1] Later, McLeod portrayed firefighter Eric Harmon in the 2008 film, Fireproof.[2] He is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church,[3] and is attending Georgia Southern University.[1]

Filmography

Year Film Role
2006 Facing the Giants Brock Kelley
2008 Fireproof Eric Harmon

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 McKinney, Melonee (October 14, 2009). "Facing the Giants". AmericanProfile. http://www.americanprofile.com/article/24025.html. Retrieved on May 24, 2009. 
  2. "Movie Openings". The Buffalo News. October 26, 2009. http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/448544.html. Retrieved on May 24, 2009. 
  3. Westbury, Joe (July 28, 2008). "Volunteers called backbone of 'Fireproof'". The Christian Index. Baptist Press. http://www.bpnews.net/printerfriendly.asp?ID=28555. Retrieved on May 24, 2009. 

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