every now and then a director has a great idea, that does not use „found footage“ as an excuse, but uses it as an art form in itself. „the bay“ is such a rare case. the basic idea is not new: small town in Maryland, water is infected by an unknown source, disease gets spread, chaos reigns. all portrayed through news reports, amateur videos, cell phone videos .. etc etc etc. all „found“ or „banned“ footage of course. all cut together in a chronological way to tell the full story. now, i already imagine that you are doubting and trust me, i was doubtful as well, but maaaaaaaaan, this one kicks off like a hurricane.
the mixture between the different kinds of footage is very refreshing. this is not your regular „sooo, my family all got this strange night terrors, so we installed this video security system aaand… OH MY GOD; WHAT’S THAT? AAAAAAH!“ 90 minutes of boredom or your agonizing to watch „so, me and my buddies were doing bad things, while filming them, when we stumbled upon this video of some guys doing bad things, while filming them until they found this box of videos showing some guys …. etc etc“ pixel fest. structure wise they have really tried to make it look, like someone tried to fit all the pieces of this incident together somehow. also, this is for a huge part a real good comedy. nevertheless that doesn’t mean that you won’t be watching a lot of graphic and pretty disgusting event.
overall it is simply a movie that is fun to watch, if you like dark humor and awesome horror elements. it doesn’t get boring at any point and writing so excitedly about it, i will most likely watch it again, later tonight.