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VODetails: 'The Bay'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire November 2, 2012 at 10:12AM

Is this eco-horror movie worth your VODollars?
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"The Bay."
"The Bay."
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "The Bay," a found footage eco-horror movie about a community beset by a strange waterborne illness -- not a powerful autobiographical documentary about director MIchael Bay triumphing over his fear of referring to himself in the third person.

Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Kether Donohue, Christopher Denham, Nansi Aluka

Current Criticwire AverageB- (out of 13 critics)

Official Synopsis: "Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 3, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told -- until now."

Trailer:

Reviews:

Tom Clift, Moviedex:

"The tension is like a parasite that worms its way into your brain. Waiting, patiently, for the just the right moment to strike."

Noel Murray, A.V. Club:

"Surprisingly satisfying, like 'Jaws' for the YouTube/Skype era."

Angie Han, /Film:

"An eco-horror film whose scares linger long after the credits roll."

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter:

"An unnerving eco-disaster thriller that refreshes the found-footage trend with surprising effectiveness."

Karina Longworth, LA Weekly:

"'The Bay''s taste-blind aesthetics might be a brilliant mimicry of crowd-sourced amateur media-making as it proliferates online, but you have to distance yourself from the spot-on simulation of kitsch in order to admire it, and that process precludes engagement with it as drama."

"The Bayis now available on VOD, iTunes, and in limited release.

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