Paul Walker delivers what is perhaps his finest performance of his short career – which coincidentally happens to be one of his last – in the Hurricane Katrina-based drama ‘Hours.’ The film begins just as Katrina’s wrath is reaching its strongest point, when Walker’s character Nolan Hayes rushes his wife Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez) to the hospital in downtown New Orleans. When she dies while delivering their premature daughter, Nolan must find ways to keep his daughter alive on a sophisticated incubating machine in the face of many challenges – from an exodus of personnel as part of a mandatory evacuation to a power outage and looters who infiltrate the hospital once the levees are breached. ‘Hours’ is at its core a story about a father’s dedication and love for his daughter. While Nolan must constantly manually crank the generator to keep his daughter’s machine powered, we get a glimpse into his past through flashback scenes that help complete the picture of how he and his wife met, and how their love fuels his efforts to protect her. One of the seemingly most tiresome aspects of ‘Hours’ is its repetition, but it actually becomes an asset. There are few times when the audience is not on the edge of its seat due to the different setbacks experienced as the hours go on. Additionally, the fact that Katrina is such a recent, stark memory, it is easy to identify with the plot of the film. And considering there are only a few small supporting roles in the film, Walker really does seize on his opportunity to shine as a gifted actor.