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Movie Review: The Bay (2012)

Automatik EntertainmentWritten By: Michael Wallach and Barry Levinson

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.402384_026

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 the-bay-outbreakthem 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,imagesthat 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.