Magazine article Screen International


Magazine article Screen International


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Dir/scr: Eric Heisserer. US. 2013. 97mins

In a shrewd and impressive change of pace from his guns'n'gear-box Fast And Furious franchise, Paul Walker gets to show he has the acting chops to go alongside the six-pack and handsome grin in indie drama Hours, a tense and absorbing film that should draw buyer attention.

Walker is impressive as a man having to deal with the shock of his situation.

Writer/director Eric Heisserer (whose track record includes scripts for Final Destination 5 and the The Thing remake) has adapted the film from his own short story, and with Walker one of the executive producers it is clearly a labour of love. The film had its world premiere at SXSW.

Set against the backdrop if Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the film tracks Nolan (Walker) as he arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez). When Katrina forces an evacuation Nolan has to fight to save the life of his newborn child, struggling to deal with power cuts and rising flood waters.

If this were a big-budget Hollywood film there would have been big-budget effects (and possibly a jail-break or a bank robbery slotted in to the storyline somewhere), but Heisserer smartly keeps the story lean and tense, focusing on Nolan's increasingly tense struggle to keep his daughter alive. …

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