'Hours' Trailer: More White People In Peril
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'Hours' Trailer: More White People In Peril

By TK | Trailers | October 23, 2013 | Comments ()


I have such mixed thoughts about this trailer for Hours. It stars Paul Walker, he of the spectacularly wooden performances in the Fast/Furious franchise, as a new father trying to keep is infant daughter alive in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. And it looks like Walker is genuinely trying here, and occasionally pulling it off. On the other hand, it’s written and directed by Eric Heisserer, who previously wrote the remakes of The Thing and A Nightmare On Elm Street, so let’s keep our expectations sufficiently grounded, shall we?

Bigger problem: White people. I don’t mean as a general rule, although, you know. My point is that we once again have a film that centers on a disaster that struck a large minority population, yet chooses to focus on the trials and tribulations of white folks. This was my chief problem with The Impossible, an admittedly gorgeous and mostly well-done film that focused on a white European family traveling in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami. And I just have to keep asking why. Why can’t we tell someone else’s story for a change? I don’t deny that this is a story with compelling possibilities, but given that the number of poor minorities who were profoundly affected and devastated by Katrina, why must a white guy be the focus?

Yeah, I know. It’s Hollywood. But I’m getting tired of that same boring shrug that’s supposed to serve as an answer.

Anyway, here’s the trailer.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Um, did anyone else notice... "From *A* Producer of The Conjuring"

    "a" producer. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Huh. Just thinking out loud.

  • abbs88

    I would like to point out that "THE IMPOSSIBLE" was based on the story of a SPANISH family and they chose to make them white for the movie. Like you could have gotten Havier Bardem or Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz you idiots

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Oh, white people, you lovable troublesome scamps. Always getting into shenanigans.

    *chucks white people affectionately on the chin*

  • e jerry powell

    But I like white people!

    They're especially tasty with a wasabi-soy glaze.

    I'm going to throw this out there. It's certainly been said before.

    On the whole, people in the flyover states don't seem to want to pay to watch "dramas" about black leading characters. Tyler Perry fills the feature film gap for African-Americans, for what good that is.

    So, alas, the film industry is still a business.

  • Belphebe

    Wasn't this the season finale of Grey's anatomy? only the blonde lesbian doctor cheated on the awesome lesbian doctor with some random blonde doctor in the supply closet. Something like that would make up for the retched plot alluded to in the preview.

    Total aside: The supplies in those Seattle Grace closets must be so unsanitary.

  • malikvlc

    Everything was going smoothly.... Until the OTHER outside threat: looters! Minority looters!

    I mean, doesn't this guy already have enough on his plate? Isolated, struggling to keep three minutes of battery life on the equipment, slowly losing his mind... and then the minorities come along, doing their usual minority, anti-establishment, anti-civility thing.

    Gah - odds are they're also IMMIGRANTS!!!

  • dilwazr

    Hey, let's make a movie about gun violence in Chicago and all the little blonde girls it kills!

  • linnyloo

    Just re-watch Beasts of the Southern Wild. It's amazing.

    And Paul Walker cannot act for shit. I'm amazed he continues to work as consistently as he does.

  • badkittyuno

    But the pretty! He's so pretty!
    I do think he's a lot prettier next to a shiny car though.

  • John W

    "Why can’t we tell someone else’s story for a change?"

    You are so adorable.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Bigger problem: White people. I don’t mean as a general rule'

    I do

  • anon

    White people are a goddamn problem, they should be exterminated. Yes that's it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Holy extrapolation, Batman!

  • They made the fall of the samurai all about Tom Cruise...

    They turned the extermination of the Native Americans all about Kevin Costner...

    The 2004 Tsunami was all about Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor....

    So why wouldn't they do this?

  • VonnegutSlut

    It's an interesting premise and, if done right, it seems it could be a vehicle tailor-made for a Michael B. Jordan or an Anthony Mackie or even Chiwetel Ejiofor or Idris Elba. And that's just 4 Pajiba darlings I hastily pulled out of my ass.


  • e jerry powell

    I just looked at someone's IMDb list and discovered that most of the working black actors under 35 look like they're only 17 -- even the ones in their mid-to-late twenties, like Diana Ross's sons. It's a lame excuse, but...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That would also add another layer of interest to the film. Do emergency services respond to white males the same way they do black males?

    Also, all of them are great actors and that movie you just made up in five minutes is way better than the one we have.

  • BlackRabbit

    Or Jesse Williams?

  • stella

    Omg what if it starreds all four of them?

  • BWeaves

    Because in real Hollywood life, there is only one black guy in a group of friends trying to survive a hurricane.

  • e jerry powell

    In New Orleans, no less.

  • Naye

    I assume because studio execs know that our darling country is only about 1% Pajiban, and they don't believe any black actor besides Will or Denzel can carry a movie that wasn't about a specific Black person or the requisite Black struggle at a box office. They may be right. We won't find out though.

  • e jerry powell

    And Denzel had already done John Q, so he would have been crossed off the list.

    Somehow, someone at Lionsgate might have tried to shoehorn Tyler Perry into the role, subsequently alienating the entire American moviegoing public.

  • linnyloo

    That... makes me really sad.

  • JenVegas

    I would pay SO MUCH MORE MONEY to see any of those 4 men in a movie over Paul Walker.

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