It’s not always a good sign when you see Paul Walker outside of the Fast and the Furious franchise, but maybe Hours, the film starring Walker as a man dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, could be the role to finally get him some leverage outside the world of street racing.
Rather than making a “Hurricane Katrina movie,” the film is focused on one man’s experiences during the disaster. Walker’s wife (Genesis Rodriguez) has just given birth and the newborn baby is in the NICU on a ventilator. When the hurricane hits, all power goes out and it’s up to the new father to keep the battery powered until help arrives, whenever that may happen.
It looks like a mentally anguishing story that’s part disaster movie, and part “stranded” narrative as well. Though Walker’s in a city full of people, he’s all alone in that hospital with just the baby, his wife, and his thoughts; the flashback sequences to happier times in the trailer remind me a bit of the hallucinations from 127 Hours. Check out the trailer here:
The film is from “a producer of The Conjuring” and helmed by Final Destination 5 screenwriter Eric Heisserer in his directorial debut. So that doesn’t sound too good. You can read our own Luke Mullen’s review from SXSW here to pass your own judgments, though.
Hours is in theaters December 13th.