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Let me break down what I thought of the movie into good and bad. I promise I won't spoil anything.
1) Reality. This movie is not farfetched in the story. It has a believable twist that makes you feel for what's going on to these people. Also as someone with a biology degree, I understood a lot of what was going on, but that doesn't mean you need a degree to understand too. The movie is very good about explaining it in its own way.
2)Most of the characters had good build, and you were curious to see what happened to each one named.
3)Unlike most, I didn't find the video quality to be all that bad. Is it pixelated in portions? Yes. Why? Because this isn't supposed to feel like a normal horror flick where you watch from the outside; this is supposed to be found footage that's pieced together. That made it more believable.
1)There is a girl telling most of the story, and I do agree she could have been cut down a bit more.
2)Some portions of the movie were harder to hear due to sound quality (that's how it was supposed to be, but it would have been nice to hear all of it) These are small sections still.
All in all, this is a good movie that puts you on edge. It makes you not want to go in the water nor drink from the faucet ever again. If you liked blair witch project, contagion, movies that go at their own pace and thus build a world that immerses you, this is a flick worth watching.
Overall, it is a good scary story presented in the guise of a documentary style film account. I actually preferred The Bay over the movie Cloverfield. Cloverfield tended to dwell on personalities in a more heavy handed manner, while The Bay relied mostly on unfolding events, character personalities remained as just believable backdrops.
Judging by the some negative reviews, many people just don't like the documentary film style of movies with "realistic" footage, shaky camera, candid camera, etc. I never watched the Blair Witch Project and found Cloverfield difficult to watch, but The Bay seems to have hit the right stride and doesn't over do things. For one thing, I never got to the point where I asked my self, "Why would someone still bother to keep filming when their lives were in danger?" The Bay tackles that usual weak point rather well by using "believable" video gathering techniques throughout the presentation; very little of it relies on a truly terrified person inexplicably filming the events. I give The Bay four out five stars, it keeps your interest by having a believable premise and steady suspense throughout.
The film is told as a bad documentary by design. It managed to hold my interest for 45 minutes at which point I started to get bored, even with the material they weren't repeating. The film utilizes real facts about Chesapeake Bay and isopods as well as actual footage of the creatures which you think are fake.
The idea was to draw attention to the problem of the bay because no one watched the Frontline documentary on poisoned waters and even fewer people cared (from director's interview). The problem is that the terror created by isopods didn't come across as terrifying as I found my self concentrating Donohue's tight pants trying to will a button to pop.
I enjoyed the realism more in this film than the "Paranormal" series. I also liked the idea of bringing a message to the film. Now if we could take the next step and make it entertaining. This could be done with a witty soundtrack and/or clever dialouge. Maybe having Trey Parker/Matt Stone smoking a joint saying, "Dudes they're isopods, not Crab People."
Parental Guide: F-bombs (spoken and text). No sex or nudity. Tight pants that the button never pops.
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