The good news is that “The Bay” is an above-average “found footage” horror thriller. The bad news is that the “found footage” style is so annoying.
Director Barry Levinson takes a shot at the genre-friendly filmmaking style that was kicked off many years ago by “The Blair Witch Project.” Okay, I’ve had enough. Let’s go back to good old Hollywood story-telling. I’m so tired of films that go from someone’s cell phone camera to a closed circuit-feed to cameras mounted on police cars. Personally, I’d like to forget that the camera is even there. Okay, so much for this line of thought.
In “The Bay,” a small coastal Maryland town is besieged by a nasty parasite that invades humans and kills them “real good.” There’s plenty of blood as the menace passes from one part of town to the next. We get the story from a variety of sources, including a young TV reporter sent to the town to shoot Fourth-of-July coverage.
Because the outbreak is man-made, “The Bay” is referred to as an eco-thriller. It’s nature’s way to get back at humans for polluting the waters with chicken waste and other nasties.
It’s a low-budget film, but often has effective death sequences with moderately good special effects. If only we could move away from the shaky-cam storytelling, I would be so much happier. Grade: B-
Street Date: March 5, 2013
Format: DVD only
Runtime: 85 minutes
Released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment