“Hours” (2013)


“Hours” (2013) is a film that hearkens us back to the horrendous events of Hurricane Katrina that decimated much of the United States Gulf Coast, especially the city of New Orleans (where the film takes place), in 2005. As readers of Backwoods Survival Blogmight recall, Hurricane Katrina is the event that personally pushed me into a lifestyle promoting emergency preparedness. I had given some thought to the philosophy previously in my life. I grew up in the mountains where harsh winters are the norm, and I lived through two major blizzards as a teenager – the one in 1993 being especially memorable as it stranded my family for nearly three weeks, during which time we ate from our stocked pantry, melted snow for water, and were basically kept alive by the woodstove and kerosene heaters. 

It was watching the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and reading the personal accounts that filtered-out in the weeks and months after, though, that truly lit a fire under me, and so I definitely wanted to check this film out. The now-deceased Paul Walker wasn’t the best actor in the world, but he was far from the worst either, and I personally enjoyed the film. He plays a man, desperately trying to keep his newborn daughter alive in a virtually abandoned hospital during the storm and subsequent flooding and chaos.

His wife having died during childbirth, the premature baby needs 48 hours on a respirator to survive. Unfortunately, the power goes out, followed by the backup generators once the levies break and the flooding hits the hospital. That’s okay, though, since the respirator has its own battery.. which quickly turns out to be a piece of junk that won’t hold a charge. What follows then is the story of a man doing his best to keep his daughter alive with a hand-crank generator he locates while looking for assistance, amid all the expected chaos and hardship of a city that has been crippled by nature’s wrath.

Definitely worth checking out as a movie for Peppers / Survivalists and those interested in emergency preparedness.