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“Hours” is a dramatic thriller film set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The story revolves around Nolan Hayes (), a father-to-be who finds himself trapped in a New Orleans hospital with his premature newborn daughter. With the hospital's power out and the floodwaters rising, Nolan must do everything in his power to keep his daughter alive as he fights against time and the deteriorating conditions.


“Hours” received mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for 's committed performance, which showcased his range as an actor. The suspenseful atmosphere and the film's exploration of a father's determination in the face of adversity were also commended. However, some critics felt that the script could have delved deeper into the emotional aspects of the story, and the pacing was inconsistent.


Set in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “Hours” follows the harrowing experience of Nolan Hayes, a devoted father whose wife Abigail () goes into premature labor as the hurricane hits New Orleans. Tragically, Abigail dies during childbirth, leaving Nolan alone with their newborn daughter.

With the hospital evacuated and power out, Nolan finds himself trapped in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on a ventilator with his daughter. As the storm wreaks havoc outside and floodwaters rise, Nolan must figure out how to keep his daughter alive while battling against limited resources and the deteriorating conditions. With the power supply failing and time running out, he relies on his resourcefulness, resilience, and love for his daughter to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges.


“Hours” did not receive any major awards or nominations.


“Hours” garnered a moderate level of popularity, particularly among 's fans and those interested in intense survival dramas. The film's concept of a father's race against time to save his infant daughter resonated with audiences seeking suspenseful and emotionally charged narratives. While it may not have achieved widespread recognition, “Hours” remains a notable entry in 's filmography and has found its audience within the genre.


Directed by
Written by
Produced by Peter Safran
Cinematography Jaron Presant
Edited by Sam Bauer
Music by Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Safran Company
  • Laguna Ridge Pictures
  • PalmStar Entertainment
Distributed by Pantelion Films
(through Lionsgate)
Release dates
  • March 10, 2013 (SXSW)
  • December 13, 2013 (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States


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