The Bay (2012)

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The Bay: Directed by Barry Levinson. With Nansi Aluka, Christopher Denham, Stephen Kunken, Frank Deal. Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

“It was only a matter of time before the found footage craze drew a bona-fide name- brand Hollywood filmmaker into its ongoing vortex. The story behind u0026quot;The Bayu0026quot; is that the US government cover-up an–outbreak that wiped out the town of Claridge, MD in 2009. All cameras and footage related to what happened were confiscated by the government, but now someone has compiled and the truth about what happened in Claridge, MD beings to leak out. Although this is placed in the horror genre– containing some tension and gruesome moments-this is comes off more of an eco-scare. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe footage is a combination of the news filming of Stephanie and her cameraman, as well as other various formu0026#39;s of camera footage.This combination of POV adds an element of interest and realism to the film, expanding the storyline beyond what could have been achieved by a single camera held by a single individual. The movie jumps around town to give more comprehensive coverage of the crisis–sort of like if u0026quot;Contagionu0026quot; was told from a first-person point of view, and isnu0026#39;t nearly as good. The film follows the findings of a pair of marine biologists, who discovers species of benign organisms that appear to be evolving–into something more mischievous.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLevinson seems more interested in spreading a green message–than terrifying.viewers. Thereu0026#39;s nothing wrong with that, but audiences lured in by the trailers may be disappointed despite being well produced. The best found footage films u0026quot;Paranormal Activityu0026quot; and u0026quot; u0026quot;RECu0026quot;su0026quot;, immerse you fully in the hellish situation, and make you feel as if youu0026#39;re part of the terror. u0026quot;The Bayu0026quot; simply never does that, but itu0026#39;s an admirable attempt at something a bit different.”

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