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The Bay Movie Review

Written by   // 11/13/2012

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Brief review: Barry Levinson continues to demonstrate his undeniable versatility as a director, showing yet another side of him with ecological horror thriller, “The Bay”. While hardly groundbreaking, and slightly uneven, this film is nevertheless conceptually refreshing in terms of both premise and execution. It’s cleverly-conceived and successfully blends eco-disaster with foreboding plague and flesh-eating parasites, with the end result being a constant creep-fest, that also hides an important environmental message. The best thing about “The Bay” is the fact that, as paradoxical as it may sound, the movie manages to be forbidding without being actually scary. Even though it’s full of gross-out moments of gruesome gore and rotten flesh, intentionally avoids cheap scares, and relies more on tension and shock value to send a chill down your spine, plus it’s disturbingly believable. Luckily, “The Bay” is more of a mockumentary rather than your common ‘found footage’ flick, and that definitely works in its favor. Levinson takes the POV shooting style to a whole new level, using an admirable variety of filming techniques and many different type of cameras, such as webcams, car cams, TV cameras, security cameras, and of course hand-held cameras, which are typical for the sub-genre. Thus, he not only showcases his abilities and inventiveness, but also provides the viewer with visual diversity.

Overall summary: It’s far from terrifying, and it suffers from quite a few pacing issues, hence, it feels rather incoherent, but thanks to its clever approach at mockumentary horror, “The Bay” still manages to succeed in various areas, and is guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

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