The Bay [Blu-ray
Message movies are tricky things. A movie is meant to entertain so striking a balance can be tough. Get it wrong and you risk overloading the narrative with preaching or making a joke of the thing you're trying to raise awareness of.
If, as we see in The Bay, you can get it right, the results can be memorable. The Bay uses a found footage documentary style to record an outbreak of flesh eating parasites as they gorge themselves on the population of a small American town on the 4th of July.
Using police footage, CCTV, SMS messages, Skype calls and panicked phone calls, director Barry Levinson weaves a truly terrifying scenario in which all authority breaks down, simultaneously critiquing mans abuse of the natural environment and governmental callousness in response to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
Thought provoking without preaching, awareness raising without lecture and packed with enough gore and sickness to satisfy demanding splatter fans even if they couldn't care less about polluted waters and impending environmental calamity.