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Above average eco-horror mockumentary
on 28 August 2013
Occasionally i'll rent or buy a film, despite negative reviews, on the hope it will be better but invariably being disappointed. The Bay is one of those rarities where I was expecting a train wreck but actually turned-out to be pretty decent. I wouldn't go as far as to say 'great' but it's a worthwhile Saturday night flick.
The idea behind the film was solid, and evidently had some thought gone into it. The central premise being Chesapeake Bay's main contributor to the local economy (intensive chicken farming) has wrought serious havoc on the marine eco-system. This in turn has let loose a mega-parasite which has made it's way into the human food chain. This puts a real dampener on their July 4th celebrations - apparently it's hard to enjoy yourself when you're being eaten inside out by wee beasties.
The premise is that media intern, Stephanie, happens to be covering the celebrations, which accounts for her footage as she documents the town's swift descent into chaos and general blood-letting. In tandem with her quasi narration, we also have the found footage of two (since deceased) marine biologists whose research helps to bring the viewer up to speed insomuch how the parasites came to be.
The effects themselves are pretty decent, with a fair bit of CGI thrown in. So where it's short of blood and guts it compensates with a creeping dread, the inexorable fear that nothing will stop the parasite.
Where The Bay didn't work so well was the media student, who I found rather grating at times which made it hard to identify with her as the lead character. Also I found it 'convenient' how the chaos occured too abruptly; I though it would have worked better if tracked over a longer timescale than just 24 hours.
Otherwise, it was a watchable and sobering lesson in how mother nature has a habit of retaliating.