SXSW Movie Review: Hours

HOURS / Director Eric HeissererDon’t let anyone tell you watching a film cannot count as an endurance test. Everytime you watch a film that takes place underwater, don’t you find yourself holding your breath right along with the protagonist? It’s the same process with Hours. Forcing us to live through Hurricane Katrina with Nolan all over again, only this time from the ground, where there is no communication and the locals have gone into survival mode and the weakest will not survive.

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. Told to stay with his child, who is on a ventilator, 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 agonizing minute passes, becoming unimaginable “Hours”.

Watch our video review below and let us know what you thought in the comments.

by Angela Davis and Ryan Davis

Additional Screenings

Tuesday, March 12

6:45PM – 8:22PM

Venue: Stateside Theatre


Wednesday, March 13

3:30PM – 5:07PM

Venue: Violet Crown 1&2


Friday, March 15

9:15PM -10:52PM

Venue: Rollins Theatre at The Long Center


About Angela

Angela is the Editor-in-Chief of Lost in Reviews. She and Ryan created Lost in Reviews together in 2009 out of a mutual hatred for all the stodgy old farts currently writing film reviews. Since launching the site, Angela has enjoyed reviewing indie films over all other films, picking up new music from all corners of the world and photographing live shows. She is the co-host of Blu Monday and a member of the Kansas City Film Critic Circle.

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