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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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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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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

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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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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 »

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Nolan: I don't get it. This wasn't supposed to happen.
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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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Paul Walker's Finest Moments In A Unique Disaster Film
29 December 2013 | by DareDevilKidSee all my reviews

Review by: Dare Devil Kid (DDK) Rating: 3.5/5 stars

An intriguing concept that could have fallen flat on its face with the kind of premise and setting it's based in. On the surface the film does appear to be too one-dimensional, linear, and somber for a disaster film. Also, initially, it does tend to lag a bit and might permeate a false sense of tedious pacing, so it's important that you be patient and allow yourself the chance to be rewarded as the pace and tension kicks in with further proceedings.

Kudos to the Director for keeping his viewers engrossed till the end and making us care enough for the only two relevant characters in the entire film, to the point that we simply need to find out their eventual fate. What you must understand before approaching "Hours" is that it isn't your staple disaster movie bonanza, infused with state-pf-the-art SFX and high octane action and suspense. Yes, the suspense and tension is there, but in a much more dramatic and character driven sort of way.

Coming down to the performances, there is virtually just one actor in the entire film and nobody else. With just a newborn infant for company throughout the film and a St. Bernard canine towards the latter half for added measure, Paul Walker astoundingly shoulders the entire film and his performance gradually grows on you. Sadly we won't get to see any more of his newly harnessed acting skills, so revel in what is indubitably his best act ever. May his soul rest in peace.


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