Hours is a new film starring Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, TJ Hassan and Judd Lormand. This new movie is set during the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Paul Walker plays Nolan, a father of a newborn baby and what should be one of Nolan’s happiest days in his life quickly takes a turn for the worst when Hurricane Katrina floods the hospital and causes failures in the power supply. Nolan must face life-and death situation when no one returns to help him and his infant daughter. Stuck inside a neonatal ventilator must find a way to keep his daughter alive when the ventilator runs out of power. Hours will surely bring a new kind of suspense for audiences. Check out the latest buzz on this new film below:
“First Look: Hours Starring Paul Walker
Those five words, or others that convey the same meaning, can have a strange effect on our expectations for a film. Suspension of disbelief isn’t necessary since the story, minus vague parts of it that may been changed for dramatic effect, actually happened. That idea seems to stick in the back of our minds as an audience, informing our constant judgements on the film’s qualities.
But what if a film doesn’t start with those oft-maligned words? Well, then that film should have to operate in some realm of believability wherein it establishes rules by which it then plays. Unfortunately, Hours feels like a ‘based on a true story’ film that gets bogged down by reality and Paul Walker‘s acting.
Walker plays Nolan, a supposed everyman, whose wife, Abigail, goes into labor hours before Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. The labor is 5 weeks premature, and the baby is placed on a ventilator to help her breathe until her lungs can sustain themselves. But there were complications during the birth and Abigail passed away. Wrecked and left with nothing but his newborn, Nolan tries to make sense of things as the rain and wind start to batter the hospital. When the evacuation is called for, Nolan stays with his daughter who can’t survive outside the ventilation chamber. The doctors and nurses that promise to come back never do and the power goes out, leaving Nolan alone and his daughter’s life in the hands of an aging battery backup system. While Nolan does discover a hand-crank generator that can charge the battery, it can only a hold a charge for a few minutes at a time.
And then the movie proceeds to go pretty much where you know it’s going the whole time. While they do several flashbacks to establish the relationship between Nolan and his wife, the vast majority of the run-time is Walker and the baby. Unsurprisingly, the newborn doesn’t talk much leaving the film solely on Walker’s back. Sadly, he’s just not up to the task.
He does get some credit here though, mainly because you can see the effort in his face in every scene. This is a guy who’s busting his ass, trying his very hardest to carry this film, but his performance just doesn’t cut it.”
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