Before We Saw the Trailer, We Thought: “Hours” was announced a little over two years ago, but writer-director Eric Heisserer’s Hurricane Katrina thriller has since lingered in a cloud of mystery. Now, the dramatic survival story is flooding the indie thriller scene with a gripping trailer that shows us the city-shattering hurricane through the eyes of a father (Paul Walker) trapped in a hospital, and a December 13 release date that is as exciting as it is sudden.
And Now? The trailer unveils a natural disaster tale that is refreshingly uncomplicated. When Nolan Hayes’ (Walker) pregnant wife Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez) goes into early labor and gives birth to a daughter clinging onto life through a ventilator, a father’s worst nightmare is made worse by invading floods and power outages that threaten his daughter’s as well as his own survival.
Yes, the trailer proudly brandishes all the conventional plot-points of a natural disaster flick: one man against all odds, a hovering helicopter that offers a false glimmer of hope. But what is also most admirable about it is that it is deeply conscious of its tone as reflected in both the title and the trailer. The trailer is no more than one minute fifty-five seconds long, but the trauma of being trapped in an empty pitch-black hospital screams through every bloody, sweaty trailer scene and manages to make it feel authentically hours-long.
“Hours” is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on December 13 2013.
Check out the trailer below: