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Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.
Luis Fernando Peña,
This 'found-footage' film is set in 2009 in the town of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland where something has infected the water there. But it's not 100% known what it is or how it is transmitted. But when people start turning up dead and others start to do strange things, fear turns to panic and the town is shut down. The Government confiscate all video footage from every source possible. The Government didn't want you to see this. This is that footage which is put together by a news reporter who was there. Written by
Michael Hallows Eve
When I first heard about The Bay, it just sounded like another creature feature. It might be fun, although I was skeptical of the found footage aspect. I became a lot more interested when I heard that Barry Levinson was the director. I loved his work on Homicide: Life on the Street and wanted to see what a respected director would do with this genre.
What I got was the most disturbing movie I've seen in years.
Rather than doing the typical found footage approach of someone uncovering and watching film made by dead people, dating all the way back to Cannibal Holocaust, Levinson wisely frames the movie as a documentary composed of leaked classified footage. This approach gives the film a sense of verisimilitude from the get go, especially in this age of Wikileaks.
Levinson also uses the documentary format to avoid one of the major pitfalls of found footage movies-over reliance on shaky cams. The footage in the film comes from various sources, ranging from security cameras to a professional cameraman wandering through town with a reporter. Where the film actually features shaky cam footage, it is used to great effect, as when a digital camera malfunctions during a violent scene, making it that much more disturbing.
The film's greatest asset is how disturbingly real it feels. The film is by no means intended as a scientific treatise, but it ties in actual environmental issues such as run off from factory farming, making it feel all too plausible. In the beginning, the juxtaposition of gruesome imagery with a Fourth of July carnival is genuinely disturbing, and sets the tone for the rest of the film.
The Bay is the most disturbing movie I've seen in years. Every horror fan should seek it out.
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