Synopsis: In New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hits, a pregnant woman gives birth prematurely. She dies and her baby is in critical condition. The baby has to be kept in a neonatal incubator. When the hurricane strikes, all the power goes out and everyone in the hospital leaves. But the baby's father stays because the baby can't be moved so he has to take care of his baby by making sure the ventilator stays on. And because there's no power, the only power source is generator that he has to crank every few minutes. So he has to stay awake while waiting for someone to come for them.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Eric Heisserer
Production: The Film Arcade
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

- B.P. is spiking.

- Oh, God, I'm in pain!

- When did it start?

- Last night.

Is your wife due soon?

- Not for another 5 weeks.

- I'm fine,

- I'm getting better. I'm getting better.

- What's the B.P.?

Still high.

We can fix it, don't worry.

Nolan... Nolan...


Tell me something, please.

Tell me anything.

You're gonna be okay.


I want you to lay back down.

- Okay.

- Lay back down and breathe.

Just breathe.

Wait here.

Oh, my baby!

...do think a strong category 4 or a 5...

so certainly devastating...

deaths which occurred at the cone,

which you'll see in a moment.

The cone will cross

right through New Orleans,

but as of 5 am Central time

just, look at this storm.

I mean, meteorologically speaking it

really is a perfect hurricane

with high cloud tops high and visible.

Oh, my God.

Everyone move to the lobby upstairs!

O.R. lobby! O.R. lobby!

Take the stairs! Second floor.

Let's go. Let's go!

Sir? I need you to go upstairs.

The Doctor told me to wait here.

I understand, but the doctors will know

where to find you. Okay?

Just before dawn Katrina heads

north west straight for the coast.

Down a hair from its 175 miles

per hour peak,

and New Orleans buckles in

for a bumpy ride...

Manuel Diego!

Is there a Manuel Diego here?

Mister Hayes?

Walk with me.

So, how is she?

It is a she. Did you know that?

What? Know what?

You have a baby girl.

A girl?

Let me show you

where we're keeping her

but do know that we'll need to monitor her

for the next few days.

The NICU is, is overcrowded

so I've got her in a private room.

Okay. So, how's Abigail doing?

We transfused all that we had.

I want you to know that.

Doctor Mendolson

and I we did all we could, but...

her liver had given up.

She bled out.

I'm sorry.

Okay. Okay, so...?

Mister Hayes.

I'm really sorry.

She expired at seven this morning.

Not Abby.


- I'm sorry.

- Not my Abby. She's fine. Tell me she's fine.

Tell me she's fine.

I swear to God you better tell me

she's fine right now.

Just tell me she's okay. Let's just,

let's go see her. She's okay, right?

Mister Hayes, let...

Don't touch me, though.

I want you to tell me.

Just tell me she's okay.

- I'm sorry, Mister Hayes.

- No, not sorry. I don't want sorry. I want...

Mister Haynes,

let me take you to see your daughter.


Here at the end.

There she is.

What is this?

This is a ventilator.

Your daughter hasn't yet learned

how to breathe on her own, so...

this is giving her a little help.

Now we got an I.V. drip

to feed her nutrients and...

she'll be big and healthy

before you know.

You have any questions?

How's Abigail?

- I'm gonna give you something, It'll help you.

- No. Listen to me.

I'm okay.

It was just a stupid question.

It's okay. It's alright.

I'm gonna have a nurse check on you.

How long will this baby

need the machine?

Your daughter?

The best guess is... 48 hours.

But it's still too early to tell.

You'll know you're out of danger is

when she starts crying.

The first time she does

it's always a good sound.

- I'll be back.

- Alright. And, Doctor Edmonds...

with this storm are you gonna be

moving people out?

It's a hurricane.

Look, people are gonna tell you it's better

at Charity, or Lindy Boggs.

It won't be. Stay with your daughter,

Mister Hayes. Okay?

I don't know you.

I'm panicky. It's just going bad for me. I

see a gun and I see this guy going for it,

so I start wrestling with him

the best that I can.

Mind you? This is all happening

in the middle of the day,

right outside of the bank,

in the parking lot. Sorry.

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Eric Heisserer

Eric Andrew Heisserer (born 1970) is an American screenwriter. His screenplay for the film Arrival earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the 89th Academy Awards in 2016. He also wrote the horror films A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Thing and Lights Out, and wrote and directed Hours with Paul Walker. more…

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