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This "found-footage" film is set in 2009 in the town of Claridge, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. During the town's annual 4th of July Crab Festival, townspeople become sick, exhibiting a variety of symptoms, which leads local news reporters to suspect something has infected the water there. No one is sure what it is or how it's transmitted, but as people start to behave strangely, and others turning up dead, fear spawns into panic. The town is shut down as government authorities confiscate video footage from every media or personal source they find, in an effort to cover-up the incident. But one local reporter who witnessed the epidemic, was able to document, assemble, and hide this film in hopes that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed . . . Written by
Michael Hallows Eve & Colonial Oak
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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