Directed By: Barry Levinson
Starring: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Dealer and Stephen Kunken
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
The Bay is quite a different pace from the other gory movies I typically review. This film is more of an attack on many people’s worst fear, a severe bacterial outbreak. What makes this film scary is that it is a horror that very well could happen to us. It is that fact that makes it more chilling than a movie with an unstoppable killer.
The Bay is shot in a different manner than other film. You view the film through the prospective of police dash cameras and video that was filmed by others. I do not want to go into it too far because I do not want to give too much away. I am not typically a fan of this style of filming, but The Bay really was creatively done.
This film was definitely disturbing and I would compare it to a modern day Jaws. Clearly there isn’t a rogue man-eating shark on the prowl, but in my opinion, this is much worse. Having lived near the Chesapeake Bay, it freaked me out a lot more. If I was still living there, not to sound like a big wuss, but I don’t think I would want to just hop in the water for a while. That’s what makes a horror film great though, making people think and making them want to take that extra second before they just jump right into something. When people begin to get infected, the sores that form on them are rather grotesque. I by no means have a weak stomach, but there were a couple of scenes that made me turn my head. I would not recommend enjoying your lunch or snack while watching this one.
The effects in The Bay were quite believable. There were a few parts that I said to myself, “that is so a dummy“, but I admire that in a film. Not every effect was an expensive CGI masterpiece and for that I give this film more acknowledgement.
I am not typically a fan of films like this, but The Bay really got me thinking and actually made me turn my head away a couple of times. It was really a roller coaster ride. For that I did really enjoy it.
I feel like The Bay was low balled by the critics with an average rating of 5.5. I give it an 8 out of 10.