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Before sunrise on August 29, 2005, Nolan Hayes (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, and await transfer by ambulance, Nolan and his newborn are soon cut off from the world by power outages and rising floodwaters. When no one returns to help, Nolan faces one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Walker's performance - along with the film - gets more and more engrossing."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Most of the movie elicits tense empathy, which builds to a genuinely nerve-wracking sense of dread."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Could've marked a turning point in Paul Walker's career to more interesting and demanding projects post-age-40."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The chemistry Walker shares with Rodriguez is terrific as the two played off of each other perfectly."
‑ JimmyO, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"For those who wish to see [Walker] at his best, "Hours" is worth the time."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com
"While uneven, the film is uniquely involving - right down to a final shot that will break your heart into a million pieces."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Take away the on-the-nose title and some half-hearted stabs at symbolism, and what's left is a B-thriller of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" variety."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"A lean, palpably tense thriller. Paul Walker gives the best performance of his career."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Called upon to carry almost the entire movie by himself, Walker has a tough time mustering genuine emotion, although he does better in the few legitimately tense scenes."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Walker's working hard here, and he has to carry the entire show, but many of the interactions he has with the other characters are melodramatic, the dialogue often feels flimsy, and the script stretches to give him more problems to take on."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Hurricane Katrina has already been pretty thoroughly mined for documentaries and fictional stories, but "Hours" holds your interest nonetheless."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Hours has a great B-movie premise, but at 97 minutes, the strain of keeping the story going, and throwing more obstacles in Nolan's way, starts to show."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"As one of the last completed roles by [Paul Walker]...it feels nice to be able to luxuriate in the actor's presence. In another set of circumstances, Hours could have proved to other filmmakers what the actor was capable of"
‑ Drew Taylor, The Playlist
"[Paul Walker's] need to show off, which marred his turn in the 2005 whatzit 'Running Scared,' usually disappears, he relaxes and suddenly he seems like an actor who could only have gotten better."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Represents a change of pace for the performer, who delivers some of his best work in this odd thriller, which somehow transfers the bomb-on-a-bus concept of "Speed" to an infant-on-a-incubator ride of suspense and heartbreaking stakes."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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