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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

THE BAY

By D.E.Levine

A NNFF50 SELECTION

For much of The Bay the viewer is uncertain about whether the film is fiction or an actual documentary.

Set in Maryland at the height of the summer, the action takes place on July 4, 2009 in Claridge, a fictitious Chesapeake town where hundreds fall fatally hill from a hideous ailment whose cause is unknown.  As people become ill their bodies decay from inside and become quite gory.

Director Barry Levinson has created a "pseudo documentary" with much of the filming apparently done by handheld cameras that give a shaky effect that add to the overall tension and fear.

The story actually is exposed three years after that fateful July 4th, and after the government has done a massive cover-up of what actually happened when a ferocious aggressive parasite leaped from fish to humans.

A young reporter (Kristen Connolly) uncovers film footage that exposes the cover-up.  The footage is apparently captured on the mobile phones, security cameras and webcams of people who experienced the events but never lived to tell about them.

Levinson skillfully juggles this plot line with the video diaries of two marine biologists that reveal an infestation rapidly spreading in local waters and a doctor who, overburdened with patients showing signs of a highly contagious disease, Skype chats with the CDC in an effort to find a solution.
 uggling the plots and various video formats, the viewer sees a town plunged into chaos and experiences