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The Bay (2012)

Kristin Connolly , Kether Donohue , Barry Levinson  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristin Connolly, Kether Donohue, Jane Mcneill, Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Michael Wallach
  • Producers: Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQAZZ40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. From Oscarr-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS comes this nerve- shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing both the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, THE BAY unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, webcams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than Expected November 18, 2012
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I was a little hesitant about choosing this movie based on the reviews that were posted. Frankly, I think they did a great job. The acting was professional and the film quality was first-rate. I don't claim to be a movie aficionado but I know what I like. This movie was well worth my time.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not easily creeped.... November 17, 2012
By Lauren
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When I heard about this movie, it was in passing and I hadn't given it much thought. 'The Bay' as a title didn't give it the oomph needed to really intrigue me; however later, I came upon the trailer. It looked extremely interesting, and I was sad to see that it was in limited release. I am a big horror fan, and a fan of biological horror flicks like "Contagion". I am not a huge gore fan (Like the Saw franchise, that's not scary just disgusting).
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.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Awesome! March 5, 2013
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It is what it is but for plague movie lovers this was very well done. I liked it better than Contagion. It's not a deep and meaningful look into the human experience, it's a plague flick. I thoroughly enjoyed it though I think I'm going to be getting my steamed blue crabs from North Carolina for a while. Serious ick factor if you're a local, like I am ,but still, it was totally worth the time spent to watch it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I found The Bay to be an engaging movie; it had some clumsy portions in the exposition mostly due to some of unexplained, unexplored or ignored portions that could have filled in some gaps, The biggest mystery to me was the lack of explanation about how or in what way all the video footage was gathered and collected; it seemed to be rather glossed over.

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.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE BEST DARN WATER I EVER TASTED March 17, 2013
From a technical point of view, this is one of the better "found footage" films to date. It uses various cameras from various locations and quality. Donna "my pants are too tight" Thompson (Kether Donohue) is reporting, and not too well, on the July 4th activities in the bay town of Claridge, Md. Everything is fun and games until people start to blister and die.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good with a "too real" storyline.
Decent storyline. Actors were pretty good. Movie done in a documentary format. We've had actual news stories when groups of fish are dead in the bay and other local waterways and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Charlene E. Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 day ago by Scott Sodora
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Reasons this is one of the best "non-classics" on Amazon Prime.
I stumbled onto this movie on Amazon Prime while killing time. Luckily for me it is one of the best Sci-Fi/Horror movies I've seen in a while. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Throbbert The Oppressor
1.0 out of 5 stars Who backs films like this?
One of the worst films ever! When will people stop making these terrible faux documentaries, it's so painfully obvious that it is entirely contrived. Read more
Published 4 days ago by L. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Very suspense/mystery/thriller. I think the low budget film hit ...
Very suspense/mystery/thriller. I think the low budget film hit it's mark and keeps the audience on it's feet. Definitly one of the must see movies on netflix/amazon prime
Published 7 days ago by Tyler
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 8 days ago by ray clausen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick!
Better than the name would suggest. I like how the plot moved along nicely...actually believable. No doubt, The Bay has a strong environmental message, but it is not really... Read more
Published 12 days ago by The Dster
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent found footage film depicted the real life atrocity that ...
Excellent found footage film depicted the real life atrocity that is the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, which has been ignored, and not made a focal point in cleaning up for decades. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Michael O'donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars tough
wow scared my horse
Published 15 days ago by copyleft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro and pretty quick build up to the meat ...
I'm not big on the found footage films, but this is a keeper. Great intro and pretty quick build up to the meat of the story. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Alan Sessler
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