The Bay Reviews
The bay also features extremely cliche jump scares. Infected characters jumping out with a random loud boom accompanying them, because loud noises are scary I guess? Director Barry Levinson never makes an effort to create any sort of atmosphere or tension. Apparently he thought jump scares would be more effective, unsurprisingly they're not.
However I did give the film two stars because I thought the premise itself was a cool idea, and a few shots of the creatures moving through the fish, people, and crawling out of people's necks looked appropriately gruesome and unsettling. I also appreciated when the reporter stopped filming after having a close call with an infected, that's something you never really see in the found footage genre. It was actually logical.
Levinson just didn't seem to fully understand what makes the found footage genre work. Blair Witch worked so well because of how real the performances felt, how genuinely frightened the actors looked. Blair Witch also created a dark, oppressive atmosphere, the bay doesn't even try to do that which is a shame.
Skip The Bay and watch a found footage movie that was actually successful. Don't waste your time with this one.
Director Barry Levinson, the man behind gems like Sleepers and Wag the Dog, brings a pseudo documentary supported by an army of camcorders to do his bidding. WIth the success of pioneers such as The Blair Witch Project and Open Water, Hollywood has seen an onslaught of camcorder features, most of which fail to raise an eyebrow. Although not terrible, The Bay isn't exactly great. It's a commendable effort with a jolt or two in place but the performances are average and there really isn't anything to set this apart from any other low-budget feature. It's a shame considering Levinson has been behind some brilliant features but in this case The Bay is mediocre at best.
You aren't missing anything by giving this one a miss.
Really well done, even if the narrative does kind of drift by the end
The acting was very cringeworthy, notably the narrator/main character of the story, Donna. She had no emotion whatsoever the entire film, and kept me very aware that I was watching a work of fiction. Her character is constantly mentioned to be an intern for the local news station, and the events are her first real newscast, but it feels like this entire movie was her first internship in the acting world.
The sound design was also very bad, and I hope that the person who covered sound in this movie was not claiming to be a professional. This movie very much felt like an indie filmmaker's first movie. I almost stopped the movie as soon as I heard the stock pistol fire sound from Doom, it felt like I was watching a production made in a film class in high school. Even indie films made around this time had much better production quality than this garbage. For a 2012 movie, it was very off-putting to see this kind of quality being put out by what is apparently a well-known director.
I do not recommend this movie, it was a waste of my time and it will be a waste of yours. I actually only watched this movie because I was having a hard time picking my next horror flick to add to my recent horror binge, and RT rated it as good. Next time I'll check the audience rating instead.