'Hours' at SXSW
Updated: Friday, March 22 2013, 11:19 AM CDT
For most of us, August 29, 2005 will be a date that will be etched in our minds forever. On this day, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans leaving it devastated.
Eric Heisserer (known for writing the remakes of The Thing and A Nightmare of Elm Street) lives in Houston and he always had long weekends in New Orleans with close friends. Having a heart for this city, he wanted to do a film of the destruction, but just didn’t know how he wanted to express this. Totally unrelated, he was having dinner with a friend who had a premature baby that was on a ventilator. From this dinner, his idea was born for his directorial debut.
In 'Hours', Nolan (Paul Walker) takes his pregnant wife to a New Orleans hospital. She has gone into early labor and everything goes horribly wrong when Hurricane Katrina rips through New Orleans causing an immediate evacuation of the hospital. His daughter is on a ventilator and probably won’t be able to breathe on her own for 2 days. Nolan is told to stay with his daughter, but no one returns to help him. Soon thereafter, there’s a power outage and flooding through the hospital.
Hands down, this is the best film that I saw at SXSW. It’s in the same vein as '127 Hours' and 'Buried,' but so much better. Even if you weren’t in New Orleans on those days the levees broke, you were still a part of the tragedy. This film puts you there through one dad’s perspective and what problems could arise during those days. I have a newfound respect for Paul Walker as an actor. 'Hours' is gripping storytelling and will keep you wondering what’s going to happen next.
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic