SXSW 2013 Review: HOURS

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

Before sunrise on August 29, 2005, Nolan (Paul 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 (SXSW).

The synopsis and trailer for this film caught my attention because Nolan has to crank a ventilator by hand every three minutes to keep his new born daughter alive.  I know this is film is a piece of fiction but one must wonder if it did occur on some level somewhere in the aftermath of Katrina.  Nolan is faced with one obstacle after another as things crumble around him.  It seems that no matter what Nolan does he cannot find a way out of his situation. 

I found this film to be very entertaining and gut wrenching at times.  It still never ceases to amaze me the levels of depravity that some humans will go to in times of disaster.  Although, I have never been in a natural disaster, I would hope I would not exhibit any horrible behavior but one never knows.

This film is definitely something I have never seen before and is compelling in a way.  I would recommend it to those looking for something new.

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