The Bay offers horror fans a few welcome differences from what we are used to seeing in FF movies. The reporter, Donna Thompson, is Skyping with someone who is interviewing her about the 4th of July from hell in Chesapeake Bay for a documentary about the truth of the events. Donna is sort of the main character, but her narration also shows us the experiences of several other residents. It's nice to have more than one or two of the same cameramen to follow through the whole movie, as The Bay includes security footage, video phone footage, personal camcorders, police dashcam footage, and Skype conversations.
All these new shifts in point of view keep the story interesting and engaging, and the suspense heightened. The way they are all cut together lets the audience slowly get the truth, as everybody involved seems to have a little piece of the puzzle as to what is going on. The two scientists that are doing research on the water and the fish a few weeks before the 4th and the doctor at the local hospital talking to the CDC having probably the most interesting stories. The stuff with the police was a little random and not really related to the main story, though. And I really liked the choice of casting for all involved. Kristin Connolly was the only recognizable face to me (The Cabin in the Woods, FTW) but everybody looked just like they were supposed to - normal people in this quaint little seaside town. I love it when movies are cast like that.
My only real complaint is that the makeup on the people who had the nasty boils did not look all that realistic to me. They were too obviously makeup and looked kind of dried out to me when I thought boils and blisters were more... I don't know, liquidy.
Do I care about the film's not-so-subliminal message about humans fucking up the environment and stuff? Not really, but it's definitely there. The whole disaster is caused by a chicken farm dumping chicken poop into the water, the local officials covering up/ignoring early warning signs of impending doom, and bad water tests at a desalination plant. Poop and toxicity apparently make these little parasites, or isopods, grow rapidly inside the body and then they just eat their way out. I guess it's a good way to send the message about how it might be a bad idea to drink water that people dumped chicken poop into.
The Bay gets a solid thumbs up from this found footage lover. It's an interesting turn for director Barry Levinson, and gives me another reason to really fear nature. As if I needed that.
I'm just about burnt on found footage films, but the different points of view kept this one fresh. Also a bit creepy that the parasite is real, even if it only attacks fish. But in the right toxic soup, who knows?ReplyDelete
This FF technique was for sure a welcome difference. Made it feel a bit more like a normal movie. That parasite was one creepy mother, too... I hope I never meet one in real life.Delete
Not a huge fan of the found footage genre but I might give this one a try, thanks for the review!ReplyDelete
I'd say that this one is a bit more tolerable than some of the other FF movies, especially if you're not really into them. It's worth a look.Delete
You give this film a solid thumbs up, but I give YOU the solid thumbs up for liking Sons of Anarchy.ReplyDelete
Great review, I liked this one as well. I always enjoy reading your reviews. Great work.
Thank you, Grimm, I really appreciate the kind words.Delete
I just found Sons of Anarchy and I am fucking in love with it. I hope this next season isn't the last like I've been hearing about...
Aaargh, still haven't seen it yet, though I'm massively excited for it.ReplyDelete
You should be! It's pretty great.Delete
Just thought I would chime in here. I have read your blog entries many times, and I know I have commented at least once. But it's been awhile, your blog came up in a search, and after reading the review I was looking for (on "Frontiers" which I had put off seeing, and was trying to find excuses to watch it), I thought to myself "I bet she's not updating her blog anymore". But I hit home...And was very happy to see that you had not abandoned this great blog. Thanks for carrying the horror touch, and adding something of value (seriously).ReplyDelete
Anyway, regarding "The Bay"... I will say I expected more. The plot was average, and the I agree with you. The effects were disappointing. It's too bad, because strangely, eco-horror is probably my favorite sub-genre. I loved "The Ruins" and I think my favorite is a little gem from 2009 called The Thaw. Val Kilmer had a small role presumably to help with its exposure, but I don't think it helped. Nevertheless, it's everything The Bay should have been and more. I don't think its in your profile list of movies...so if you haven't seen it, cue it up! Have fun and thanks again for your dedication to TGWLH!
Paul, thank you so much for the kind words! You have no idea how much I needed to hear something like that today.Delete
The Ruins is one of my favorites, I'm glad you like it too. I haven't heard that much about The Thaw but I'll be sure to look it up now.