Just when we all got over Jaws and thought the water was safe again, Barry Levinson brings us “The Bay”. After previously convincing us that it was a good idea to bring your autistic friend to a casino (Rain Man) or that Vietnam was really just a playground for Robin Williams (Good Morning Vietnam), he now wants to make us think about our water supply.
Claridge, Maryland, a quaint seaside town, was getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July in 2009 when a mysterious parasitic outbreak ruined the party and left 700 people dead. The government tried to cover up the story but now TV journalist Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue) is releasing all the footage she could dig up.
Yes, “The Bay” is another found-footage shocker but rather than using just one guy who just so happens to have the camera on every time something happens, Levinson uses every possible resource ranging from a TV crew to iPhones, webcams, security cameras and everything in between. It makes it easy for you to be dragged into the story, much more so than with the Paranormal Activity flicks. This faux eco-shocker comes with a couple of scary moments and some gory scenes thanks to the mutated isopods that not only eat people from the outside in but also from the inside out… nice!