Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Film Review : The Bay

The Bay
Release Date: December 19,2012
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Anthony Reynolds, Kether Donohue, Michael Beasley
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Rating: R-16
Released By: Viva Films

An innovative application of the "found footage" concept (which has become more than a bit tired in recent years), THE BAY is a nice example of the ecological horror subgenre, t's a very intelligent and well-thought out horror film. It reminds me more of a Contagion type affair rather than a full-bore horror film.

Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge

Though I have quickly grown tired of the recent boom in found footage horror films.. this one is actually fairly decent. It isn't altogether original, as you might have guessed, but it conjures up some real chills here and there, and on occasion.. it is quite gruesome, Some of the acting, was not the greatest. But I dug the story, and it had it's share of really creepy moments.

The Bay is a good turn from Barry Levinson showing he still likes to change his subject matter quite dramatically. It's put together as a a documentary pieced together from amateur footage recovered by a conspiracy theory website, The bay takes the precise elements of the found footage hip-genre and shakes them in an energetic juice mixer, spiting out several filming shots from every kind of quality and perspective. The superb thing is that the resulting mosaic doesn't waste time in the killing count of the bodies, but to spend more time refreshing our minds to feel fear from nature..

Probably one of the most frightening films I've seen in awhile. The concept is reasonable, though extraordinary, the execution is gruesome, and the found-footage feel gives it the realism that Contagion never fully realized. Yes, the acting is shoddy, and the whole thing has a government mistrust feel like a Syfy original, but the visceral experience alone is what makes this movie worthwhile.

Rating: 3.5/5


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