Mr. Movie

'Fireproof:' On fire for god

There is no spark left in firefighter Caleb Holt’s (Kirk Cameron) marriage.

His self-centered thoughtlessness has snuffed the fire and turned love to ashes. His wife (Erin Bethea) wants a divorce. He wants a divorce.

She’s tempted to get a boyfriend. He’s busy pointing fingers and making excuses.

God, of course, is in the combustion business and He has a plan. Holt’s father gives him a fascinating book that he guarantees will restore the marriage in 40 days.

Fireproof is written and directed by the Facing the Giants team and Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. Though there is more smoke than fire in spots, and it suffers from simplistic dialogue, and is a half-an-hour too long, Fireproof explores the love, forgiveness and restoration of God via the earthly metaphor of marriage.

I haven’t seen Cameron much since the 1985-92 series Growing Pains. He has evolved into a multi-dimensional actor equally at ease with heavy dramatic punch or breezy comedy. The bits between Holt and the neighbor next door add much needed levity and movement to the sometime stagnant plot.

Fireproof is not leak-proof. A couple of nice twists come along once team Kendrick steers the film toward the anticipated climax. That’s when you’ll need a hanky. Or two.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself