HOURS (South by Southwest Film Festival Austin Texas USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Stars ìììì

an inspiring movie—tells the story of one man’s attempt to preserve his newborn daughter’s life after Hurricane Katrina hits a New Orleans hospital where his infant is being kept in a ventilator.

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The story begins with Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) taking his wife, Abigail Hayes (Genesis Rodriguez), to the hospital to give birth. A storm hits the hospital during the birth. The doctor meets with Nolan Hayes and tells him that the baby lives, but that his wife Abigail had liver complications and died. The doctor escorts Nolan Hayes to see his baby and explains that the baby must be kept on a stationary ventilator for the next 48 hours until the infant can breathe on its own. The storm gets worst and the hospital is evacuated leaving Nolan alone with his infant daughter. The stationary ventilator's battery becomes low, Nolan Hayes finds a hand-crank battery charger and uses the hand-crank charger to keep oxygen in the ventilator. The rest of the film revolves around Nolan Hayes’ trials to preserve his daughter until rescuers provide relief.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director and Writer Eric Heisserer. Thank you to Executive Producers Dan Clifton, Kevin Scott Frakes, Paul Walker, and Ken Hirsh for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sandra (Nancy Nave), Marc (Shane Jacobsen), Karen (Natalie Safran), Jeremy (TJ Hassan), Lucy (Lena Clark), Nurse (Kesha Bullard), and Dr. Edmonds (Yohance Myles).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film works for disaster drama fans.

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