Summary: This is not the typical 'found footage' film that it may seem to be. 'The Bay' presents more of a documentary feel, by encompassing footage from multiple viewpoints and times that cultivates in understanding the horrific events that take place in this small bay town. What proceeds is the formation of a new 'creepy-crawly' aquatic formed creature and it's gruesome body count.
Excerpt: I had heard this film described as an eco-horror film with a found footage aspect. Considering how disappointed I have been in most of the so-called "found footage" films that have been released recently, I was skeptical coming in. However, the fact that Barry Levinson (who directed Rain Man, Sleepers and Wag the Dog amongst many others) was behind the camera made me feel a bit better about the film as a whole.
Conclusion: What Contagion should have been. The acting is fine, even though one person does not standout but it is the plot that is the talking point here. This may not be typical Horror but it is scary how believable most of it all is. The use of handheld is brilliant and the atmosphere is desperate and horrific. The Bay is well directed and well made and a standout entry in the found footage genre (alongside Cloverfield, Chronicle, etc.).