Directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Sphere), the Bay is a
ecological horror movie that uses the premise of "lost footage" but with
a twist of social commentary on how mankind is ruining the planet. Set
in the town of Maryland, this movie combines the horrors of this town
from a variety of different perspectives, some quite unsettling.
Unfortunately on the 4th of July celebrations for Maryland, the
townspeople began to get extremely sick that soon spread to almost all
corners of this town.
protagonist of the film is reporter Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue), one
of the survivors of this ecological disaster who through carefully
scripted interviews and "lost" footage, tries to create a chronological
account of what happened to Maryland. While it is a clever spin on the
traditional horror film, the entire genre of "lost footage" has
unfortunately been done to death and it doesn't help with the amount of
plot holes located in The Bay.
Fortunately the cast of The Bay help carry a rather generic story with
some impressive performances, especially the realistic footage
incorporated into the film. What I did like about The Bay was the
tension that Levinson created, making certain scenes quite compelling
yet quite unnerving at the same time. Nonetheless if you want a horror
away from those clichéd slasher films than The Bay attempts to be the
thinking man's horror which it almost succeeds.