HOURS is the directorial debut of Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of Final Destination 5, The Thing), which originally screened in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the thriller starring Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) as a man who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank.
Before sunrise on August 29, 2005, Nolan Hayes (Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez), who has gone into early labor. 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. Nolan and his newborn baby are soon cut off from the world by power outages and rising flood waters. With his baby completely dependent on a ventilator Nolan faces one life-and-death decision after another, fighting to keep his daughter alive, as minute by agonizing minute passes… becoming unimaginable hours.
- via Pantelion Films