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Rotten: There is a lot of nasty stuff to look at, but very little that is genuinely haunting, jolting or terrifying.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: It's schlock with honor, schlock with a conscience, schlock that speaks to the way we live now.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: Levinson knows his way around a story, and "The Bay" benefits greatly from that, coming together as something more than a high-tech parlor trick.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Levison uses some pretty cheap tricks throughout that bothered me, however he still manages to find a sense of urgency and relevancy in the "found footage" genre. Its not about vague supernatural elements, but rather a well defined (and unsettling) outbreak that's the result of environmental contamination.
- fb20312798, Saturday, November 24, 2012
I admire a director who's not afraid on tackling completly different genres and I commend Barry Levinson on approaching the found footage genre but he doesn't seem to have made his homework well. The goods: the way the found footage is made is fantastic. It uses everything from skype videos, cellphone videos, news reports, police car cameras amongst other gimmicks. I never felt took away from the movie and the perspectives and editing is pretty good. The worse is that most of the characters and story are forgetable and you can't feel much of a connection to them. But the real killer is the use of sound. Most found footage flicks work wonders on scaring you because you don't have audio cues or soundtrack to warn you of what will happen and these scares come as unpredictable on most cases. The Bay is riddled with bad choices: from super loud scares, to annoying music everywhere, little drones that tip you off, etc. It completly kills the atmosphere that the multiple found footage videos created at first. It's worth a shot for fans of the director and genre but a missed opportunity overal.
- piranhaa72, Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wow is all I can say .I have seen alot of movies fail with this type of film making for sure but this movie works on so many dif levels that it will blow you away! it's a breath of fresh air into the genre of faux documentry/ paranormal activty. I sugget you at least rent this movie it will leave you on the edge of your seat till the very end and make you want a sequel like no other movie has in a long time
- Dredpug, Friday, December 7, 2012