Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Bay (Barry Levinson, 2012)

The Bay (2012) Poster

Cast: Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers, Stephen Kunken

Summary: Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Watched: August 21st, 2016

There has been a lot of found footage films over the last few years, but the bay has done things a little differently.
Not only is it made up of various different pieces of footage taken from the residents of Claridge, Maryland but it is also interwoven with a Skype interview conducted 3 years after disaster hit the town.

The Skype interview introduces us to Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue), a young amateur journalist that happened to be in Claridge on the day of the incident speaking publicly for the first time about what happened.

The found footage within the film is made up of footage that had been confiscated by the government when the town was quarantined and includes footage from webcams, CCTV, video from holidaymakers, TV news, dash cams etc.
To be honest the use of this footage makes the film feel less like a horror and more like a ecological documentary or mockumentary.
The Bay (2012) Still For me it is definitely the webcam footage from the Skype interview that help to make the film as convincing as it does. The tinny sound, the poor quality of the image and the voice of the interviewer on the other end all add to the authenticity of the film.

I found the acting to be a little iffy in parts with certain characters but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I loved watching the story unfold through the various different viewpoints of the town's residents.

Rating: 7/10
One Final Word: Very Good

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