Hours

2014-04-04 08:29
 
What it's about:

Before sunrise on August 29, 2005, Nolan Hayes arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail, who has gone into early labour. What should be one of the happiest days of Nolan’s life quickly spirals out of control when the birth goes tragically wrong and Hurricane Katrina ravages the hospital, forcing an evacuation. Told to stay with his child, who is on a ventilator, and await transfer by ambulance, Nolan and his newborn are soon cut off from the world by power outages and rising flood waters. When no one returns to help, Nolan faces one life-and-death decision after another, fighting to keep his daughter alive, as minute by agonising minute passes.

What the critics say:

Walker's performance - along with the film - gets more and more engrossing.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Hurricane Katrina has already been pretty thoroughly mined for documentaries and fictional stories, but Hours"holds your interest nonetheless.
- Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

Hours has a great B-movie premise, but at 97 minutes, the strain of keeping the story going, and throwing more obstacles in Nolan's way, starts to show.
- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

To the extent the film has an idea, it's that people can be at their worst (or best) in extremis, but the situations it devises (such as an armed looter who wanders in to steal some of Nolan's junk food) are blandly realised.
- Kyle Smith, New York Post

Her first few. His worst.
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