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Hours (2013)

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A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Eric Heisserer

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Eric Heisserer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Nolan Hayes
Genesis Rodriguez ... Abigail Hayes
Nancy Nave ... Sandra
Shane Jacobsen ... Marc
Natalia Safran ... Karen
TJ Hassan ... Jeremy (as T.J. Hassan)
Lena Clark Lena Clark ... Lucy
Kesha Bullard Kesha Bullard ... Nurse
Yohance Myles ... Dr. Edmonds
Judd Lormand ... Glenn
Tony Bentley ... Doctor
Ian Hoch ... Resident
Kerry Cahill ... Nurse Shelly
Oscar Gale ... Hector
Christopher Matthew Cook ... Lenny (as Matt Cook)
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Storyline

In New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hits, a pregnant woman gives birth prematurely. She dies and her baby is in critical condition. The baby has to be kept in a neonatal incubator. When the hurricane strikes, all the power goes out and everyone in the hospital leaves. But the baby's father stays because the baby can't be moved so he has to take care of his baby by making sure the ventilator stays on. And because there's no power, the only power source is generator that he has to crank every few minutes. So he has to stay awake while waiting for someone to come for them. Written by michaelh2001@gmail.com

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Every second counts

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2013 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Horas desesperadas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This father of the year charged the battery at least 1280 times. That's over 5200 cranks on the generator handle! See more »

Goofs

The baby's health parameters on the monitor can be seen during nearly the whole film. It shows the blood pressure is 120/80 and the pulse rate is 72, which are good parameters only for an average adult person. A newborn's physiological parameters for blood pressure is approximately 75/50 and the baby's pulse should be way over 100, approximately 140. Especially in this case, where the baby is considered a premature infant. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Nolan: [hugging crying baby] I know you.
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All I Feel Is You
Written and Performed by Natalia Safran and Mikolaj Jaroszyk (as Mikolaj Mick Jaroszyk)
Produced by Mikolaj Jaroszyk and Kostek Andriejew
Published by Natalia Safran and Mikolaj Jaroszyk (as Mikolaj Mick Jaroszyk)
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Fitting Final Showcase for Paul Walker, the Actor
4 December 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I will admit that I would probably not watched this movie if Paul Walker had not tragically passed away last Sunday. Prior to this, I only knew about Walker from the "Fast and Furious" films. This quiet little film certainly introduced me to a whole new and better Paul Walker.

"Hours" is about Nolan Hayes. His wife Abby was rushed into a hospital because of premature labor minutes before Hurricane Katrina hit their city. Difficulties pile up on Nolan as the hospital is evacuated, but he could not leave because his newborn daughter is hooked on a ventilator while in an incubator. Nolan had to deal the power outage, malfunctioning battery, food shortage, violent looters, and abject loneliness as he is trapped in desperate isolation.

The production values of this film are obviously low budget and the supporting cast may be mediocre. But there is no denying "Hours" is an incredible one-man show for Paul Walker, the actor. Very few actors have attempted this sort of project where basically there is only one character. Tom Hanks did it in "Cast Away" and Sandra Bullock did it in "Gravity", and now this project for Paul Walker.

I have to say that Walker surpassed my expectations and actually pulled it off very well with a very memorable performance. You can feel his frustration and his desperation as the hours pass hopelessly and endlessly. The tears that rolled down his face all look like they came from very deep emotions welling within him. The final scene was a thing of absolute beauty which alone elevates the entire film to a higher level.

With this film, we will see the breadth and depth of Walker's true acting talent, now lost in that horrific car crash. Fortunately, he was still able to release this one special film to forever remind us of his abilities which we will now be missing.


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