Release Date: On VOD/in Limited Release now.
Written by: Michael Wallach.
Directed by: Barry Levinson.
Starring: Kether Donahue and Kristen Connolly.
In a genre that seems to be overrun with Found Footage/First Person/POV movies galore, can a multiple Academy Award winning director give us a fresh and effective take on the whole "reality" shtick?
He can sure as hell try!
Let's get one thing straight here; Barry Levinson is a great director. Sure, he hasn't had a hit in a while, but the man gave us Diner, The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Sleepers and Wag the Dog, all of which were great movies.
For his first foray into the genre that we love and hold so dear, we have to say that he did alright. That's not to say that The Bay doesn't suffer from the same weak points that most Found Footage flicks do, because it does, but the movie overall ends up being fairly servicable, which is better than being bad, I suppose.
|That's not normal.|
Cub reporter Donna Thompson is in the small town of Claridge, Maryland to cover the local 4th of July festivities, when people start developing angry rashes, which are all full of boils and pustules. Little does anyone know that they have parasites inside of them, and that pretty soon they are all going to be chewed up and eaten from the inside. Well, the Mayor kinda knew it was coming, but he didn't seem to alarmed by the whole thing.
|"I'm going to get to the bottom of this!" (Good luck with that, Honey.)|
Everyone starts getting sick and dying, but lucky for us there are a bunch of people who are willing to film every single thing that happens. The CDC won't help, and the Government doesn't seem particularly interested that an entire town is essentially being eaten alive, but the simple folk are there to film it all. God Bless America!
|Maybe she's just sleeping and got a nosebleed?|
All of the standard Found Footage tomfoolery ensues. Nothing else to report here folks, let's move along now.
The Bay did a great job of plucking our chords to the tune of being grossed out and making us feel uneasy. The fact that deep sea Isopods not only exist, but actually get up inside of things and eat their tongues, is a pretty creepy idea. The idea of them getting into the human body and eating their way out makes for a pretty compelling movie idea. This movie will definitely skeeve the squeamish right out.
The Script, the acting and the whole verite-style camera work aren't anything to write home about, but the movie is definitely viscerally pleasing.
|This shit is real. (The creature, not the threat.)|
|I have zero sympathy for you or your baby, dumb ass.|
|We know that feel, bro.|
Kristen Connolly could make this movie truly enjoyable. At least she was in Cabin in the Woods earlier this year... that was a good one.