The Bay (2012) Review
I liked the bay, nothing special but it is quite fun to watch. As a found footage it does feel more like someone had found this footage and decided to present it to people, the way it does this is by having it presented as a documentary about the events from leaked footage taken from the government. It doesn’t necessarily scare but it isn’t very pleasant what actually happens, it’s a worrying kind of fear like when you watch a story about diseases and outbreaks. Overall it’s pretty interesting to watch and if you would like to see something between contagion and VHS then this is probably for you. On a separate note since I have you, you can still vote over at the side for my Christmas review and this review will be my last horror review until after Christmas as I will be going into full Christmas mode after today. Christmas!
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.
Story: 70% Acting: 70% Visuals: 80% Dialogue: 60%
The Scares: 30% Style/Sound: 75% Characters: 65%
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was a bit average to good, nothing special really. I find that most films with found footage seem to also pick average actors just save more money. My favourite of the cast would be Kether Donohue as Donna Thompson the woman narrating and doing the news report in the bay town. Next we have the story of which I thought was ok and I liked the plot with those parasites and arthropods killing everyone or most people anyway. The only thing I particularly didn’t like was how they portrayed the CDC, in the film they seemed to almost be confused by their job because they reacted so stupidly to a serious medical scenario. I didn’t like it because of the way they portrayed it was ridiculously unrealistic, if there was an outbreak I’d assume they’d do more than Skype for hours on end and then telling them they can’t do anything and that the staff should all just leave. I mean it just doesn’t make any sense and it bugged me.
So let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The Visual Effects in this film were pretty good and everything looked real from the infected people with boils and pieces of flesh eaten away (you wonder why this is my last until after Christmas) to the Arthropods killing people in the water and crawling out of dead bodies. The film does struggle with the near beaten to death genre but does bring some good presentation of which I haven’t seen before and that is nearly always a good thing. Sorry if I keep pointing out the flaws but I also got a little tired of the sub message about protecting the environment, I get it recycle more, heard enough and I don’t need to know that dumping steroid infused chicken shit into water were kids play isn’t a genius move. The only scene that was remotely scary was that scene off the trailer when that person jumps out from the back seat of the car, however it was more shock that fear.
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The best reviews I have found would be these “Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn’t a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary” Roger Ebert. I liked the gruesome bits but I found the warning to kids about the effects of chicken shit to be boring. Also “A mixed bag – some of it is quite entertaining and thought-provoking while other parts are plain silly.” Kirk Honeycutt. The film did seem to swap from interesting ideas with some good little monsters and then stupid plot pieces like eco worries and retarded CDC staff. My favourite scene would have to be the hospital when it gets really full of people because you sensed hopelessness in the situation and how bad that is, because what’s worse than being I’ll and nobody can help you?