Watched this little beauty about five times now and I always get the same feeling when sitting through it – itchy stuff!
Have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to including it here on the site – think it’s just one of those titles I keep on forgetting about!
Anyway, when you are confronted by a Found Footage effort that is directed by legendary filmmaker Barry Levinson, you know you are in for some kinda treat!
The Bay does not disappoint…
The film is set out as a mockumentary that recounts the tragic events during a large Fourth of July celebration in Chesapeake Bay.
Halfway through the popular celebration a handful of locals break out in massive boils, blisters and abrasions.
One thing leads to another and it’s not long before the local doctor is amputating arms, legs…well just about anything!
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there is some sort of virus on the spread – but what is behind this rather gross new illness?
Turns out the cause is a lot closer to home than first thought…
There have been a handful of Found Footage efforts over the last decade or so that have managed to succeed even before they were released.
This is down to one thing and one thing only – the acting!
Barry Levinson is no dickhead – he knew from the start that ANY Found Footage plot could be a success as long as the correct actors were in place.
It’s the actors that make the atmosphere tick – it’s the actors that make the whole process believable.
And that’s what happened here!
I struggle to believe that there are any Found Footage fans out there that did not enjoy this film – it ticks just about every box (in my opinion!).
The film is largely narrated by Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue), a local TV news intern who was sent to get coverage of the July 4th celebrations.
I think that Kether was an excellent choice of lead as she managed to settle on both sides of the fence.
What I mean by this is that she was both a perfect fit for the plot and an annoying cow at the same time!
I’m not being cruel here – I think Levinson went for this and I also think that Kether played it perfectly!
I found the film’s plot entirely plausible – we are warned about this sort of Eco-system problem on a daily basis and it makes for a rather chilling horror/science fiction experience.
One of the primary downfalls of Found Footage movies is that you can often see the construction behind them – Levinson manages to remove this from the experience completely.
Each live shot, security camera, Skype interview and TV report seems to have been layered flawlessly.
You can see why this dude has been involved in so many popular features over the years.
This film is the result of a talented director studying the genre beforehand and highlighting the recipes that work.
It’s well worth watching.