The Bay (2012) - Rating, Synopsis, Review

The Bay, which stars Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly in the lead roles, was released in 2012. The Bay also stars Kether Donohue, Frank Deal in other important roles. It is directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Barry Levinson under the banner Baltimore Pictures, Blumhouse Productions. Music is composed by Marcelo Zarvos, while Michael Wallach has provided the screenplay.

  • Release Date:  2012
  • Genre:  Virus
  • Cast and crew: Nansi Aluka, Christopher Denham, Stephen Kunken, Frank Deal, Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers, Kimberly Campbell, Beckett Clayton-Luce, Dave Hager, Tara Polhemus, Sean Johnson, Murat Erdan, Lamya Jezek, Lucia Scarano
  • Director:  Barry Levinson
  • Screenwriter:  Barry Levinson, Michael Wallach

The Bay (2012) Rating:

  • Raoul = 4.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.6 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.6 / 10;

The Bay (2012) Synopsis:

A mysterious plague affects the small town of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, causing the population to develop strange skin blisters.

The Bay (2012) Review:

The Bay, by director Barry Levinson, was quite a cold shower to me.

It started pretty well with an intriguing concept and quite a lot of mystery going on. Unfortunately, the intensity of it all free fall as the film goes on. Maybe the reason for that is the horribly messy story. There are quite a lot of sub-stories happening in parallel and the movie constantly switches between them. In most movies that are ok, but here the choice of the scenes sequences almost looked as if it has been simply randomized. The result is simply too weird and makes the viewer lose interest in the movie pretty quickly.

The way The Bay is shoot was also a turn-off and it is one of the worst found footage way of filming that I ever experience. With too much short scenes accumulation, The Bay looks like a video-clip at time. The alternating of texting, skyping, video, hand camera, and even emails or text could have been a good idea, but it is not natural enough here and sounds like it was done not for the good of the film, but to say “hey look, we’ve included this and this in the film”


Now that we demolished the film, let’s look at the good points because there are some: the overall concept is great and the film successfully recreates this entertaining “catastrophe films” ambiance, with a few good moments of tension, panic, and paranoia. The film also makes you think twice before you drink your next glass of water.

To conclude, this film could have been great if it wasn’t for numerous fault in the way it was shoot, which makes it really painful to watch.

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