‘The Desperate Hour’ Trailer: Naomi Watts Jogs Against Time In Philip Noyce’s Real-Time Thriller

They almost slipped it by me! One of the more ridiculous movies I saw at TIFF last year was Lakewood, a thriller in which Naomi Watts spends the bulk of the film jogging while her child is trapped in a school during an active shooter situation. Well, that unexpected comedy now goes by The Desperate Hour, which is fitting because I see this as a desperate attempt to escape poor reviews out of the festival.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Philip Noyce, The Desperate Hour stars Watts as a mother who literally jogs against time to save her son as her small-town is on lockdown following a school shooting. As you can see from the trailer, she spends her time chatting with the cops and turning amateur sleuth to figure out what’s really going on.

What’s bizarre about it is the whole thing plays out in real-time, creating this weird hamster wheel effect in which Watts runs but never seems to be getting anywhere. Did she jog into The Matrix and nobody told her? Ugh.

This is the second dud from Noyce in a row following Above Suspicion, a crime thriller that debuted in 2019 but didn’t actually open until 2021 for a laundry list of reasons.

The Desperate Hour hits theaters and VOD on February 25th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.