For his latest film, "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker has taken a break from fast cars and fast women, but that doesn't mean we won't see him in any brutally-intense scenes. In the dramatic thriller "Hours," premiering at this year's SXSW Film Festival, Walker plays a distressed man who learns his wife has died during childbirth. Now watching helplessly over his infant daughter (who appears to have suffered from complications, and requires the aid of a ventilator), the young father is blindsided when the hospital is hit by a natural disaster -- well, not just any natural disaster: it's Hurricane Katrina.
But how can he survive and save his newborn baby from such extreme conditions -- especially now that he's forced to hand crank his daughter's ventilation machine, while a couple of dangerous looters start to break inside the flooded hospital? Well, this early promo trailer (posted above) should give you some insight. So, check it out.
"Hours" is the directorial debut of Eric Heisserer, the screenwriter who wrote the horror remakes, 2011's "The Thing" and 2010's "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The film is currently looking for a US distributor.
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."