The haunting drama that recounts the harrowing days during and following Hurricane Katrina stars Walker as a father trying to keep his premature baby alive in a hospital stripped of power and resources. The actor was never better in the role, and we believe it was the first chapter in a new book for the star on film.
Hours is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and is a must-see for his fans, but for anyone who appreciates the fine art of acting.
The raging winds and rains begin about a third of the way through the movie, after we’ve met Walker and his onscreen very pregnant wife (Genesis Rodriguez). They’re about to give birth and race to the hospital, full of excitement for the pending arrival, but also possessing an uneasy feeling about the approaching storm that has forecasters comparing it to something like Armageddon. Also, something is wrong with the pregnancy. It is too early for the baby to be born and both mother and father know it.
When tragedy strikes during delivery, it’s up to Walker to stay by his new baby’s side and wait for the little one to make it out of the woods that is the challenge of premature childbirth. The fact that the storm of the century will knock out power (forcing Walker to manually turn a generator to keep the baby alive) and send all of the hospital staff away to safety does not help things.
Walker commands in every scene. We see him as an actor astound as he deals with the loss of his wife, the impending doom that is the hurricane, and the life and death challenge that is each second of his premature baby trying to breathe. It is a harrowing tale and, as we reported in our theatrical Hours review, is one astounding piece of work on many levels.
In what would prove to be one of the final Paul Walker interviews, he exclusively told us that this film was his proudest professional moment. And it should be. The fact that this film is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download means that his fans can have a piece of him at his best… forever.
The bonus features on the Hours DVD and Blu-Ray are sparse. But, that is no matter -- this is a film that is about the 97 minutes of pure power that is the movie itself.
There is an All I Feel Is You music video by Safran and as a nice touch, a PSA spot for Walker’s charity Reach Out World Wide. And what better way to carry on the star’s legacy than to witness the PSA and make a donation to keep his hopes and dreams for the future alive.
And you don’t have to wait to check out Hours on DVD or Blu-Ray. You can watch Hours online right now.