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Fireproof Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 30 January 2009
We saw this movie a couple of months ago but it has taken a while for me to get my thoughts together enough to write something on it. It's not that the movie was all that deep as much as I've just been really really busy with life. I admit that I had some reluctance to go see this movie. The scenes in the previews focused on the two main characters spending a lot of time yelling at each other and generally being unhappy. The last thing I wanted to watch was two hours of an unhappy married couple fighting. Eventually we saw it. I was happily surprised by the quality of the movie and the story. Very touching and encouraging.
In broad strokes the plot is predictable -- a married couple has trouble with threatens to dissolve the marriage but through a bunch of emotional turmoil they manage to keep it together. I say that this is predictable because we've seen this kind of movie many times. What makes Fireproof better than average is the way that it connects in a very real way with real people. The situations and circumstances that the husband and wife deal with are likely quite familiar to the average American married person. Further, the responses by each of the movie's characters are realistic.
Some movies try to make their point by the use of exaggeration. Larger than life characters are put into extreme circumstances and respond with unrealistic gusto. When we see these pictures painted with bold strokes and colors it's hard to miss the message but it's also easy to ignore it. Fireproof, on the other hand, subtly gets into your life and mind. It is not over the top. The plainness of the characters and their lives makes the movie more potent. We can't distance ourselves from them because their lives are our lives.
A good movie makes you think about your life. This movie does that. It makes you think about your own relationships and how you are responding to life. It is a great movie. Highly recommended.
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