What’s this? A movie starring Paul Walker that doesn’t actually involve fast cars and/or Vin Diesel? Madness!
With the recent announcement that he would soon be barcoding it up as the new Hitman in videogame adaptation Agent 47, it looks like Walker is finally starting to diversify. And his latest film, Hours, which sees him as desperate father trying to protect his newborn baby in the aftermath of the fast and furious Hurricane Katrina, looks to be the biggest departure from his previous cinematic efforts.
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.”
OK, maybe it is just the emotionally manipulative trailer editing, but that looks like it could make for a good film. I’ve never thought Walker was a horrible actor, he’s just not a particularly great one. Like a blonde Keanu Reeves, if you will. Given the right material that plays to his strengths he can produce the goods though, even on occasion not behind the wheel of a ludicrously fast car. Running Scared was a great example of this.
Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing), who’s more well known for his horror remakes than human drama, is the man behind the camera as well as behind the typewriter for this one. His last film, The Thing, fell short of the make a ways, but most of that was down to a script that relied too heavily on rehashing the story trope of John Carpenter’s original. Let’s hope Heisserer can do better work, now that he has what appears to be a pretty good idea for a movie that’s not beholden to something else.
Hours doesn’t have a release date yet.