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The Bay (2012)

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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Michael Wallach (screenplay by), Barry Levinson (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nansi Aluka ... Jaquline
Christopher Denham ... Sam
Stephen Kunken ... Dr. Abrams
Frank Deal ... Mayor Stockman
Kether Donohue ... Donna
Kristen Connolly ... Stephanie
Will Rogers ... Alex
Kimberly Campbell Kimberly Campbell ... Nurse Rebecca
Beckett Clayton-Luce Beckett Clayton-Luce ... Charles
Dave Hager ... Fisher Jerry
Tara Polhemus Tara Polhemus ... Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson Sean Johnson ... Teenage Boy
Murat Erdan Murat Erdan ... Mike Radio Host (as Murat 'Murf Dawg' Erdan)
Lamya Jezek ... Ms. Rosenblatt (as Lamya Reynolds)
Lucia Scarano ... Marla Spadafora (as Lucia Forte)
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Storyline

This "found-footage" film is set in 2009 in the town of Claridge, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. During the town's annual 4th of July Crab Festival, townspeople become sick, exhibiting a variety of symptoms, which leads local news reporters to suspect something has infected the water there. No one is sure what it is or how it's transmitted, but as people start to behave strangely, and others turning up dead, fear spawns into panic. The town is shut down as government authorities confiscate video footage from every media or personal source they find, in an effort to cover-up the incident. But one local reporter who witnessed the epidemic, was able to document, assemble, and hide this film in hopes that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed . . . Written by ahmetkozan

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Panic feeds on fear.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bay See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,747, 4 November 2012

Gross USA:

$30,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,581,252
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The parasitic crustacean depicted in the film is Cymothoa exigua (Schiødte & Meinert, 1884) - as is referred to in a Wikipedia entry briefly shown in the film - described as known as a tongue-eating louse. The female parasite attaches itself to a host fish's tongue where it then extracts the host's blood, causing the tongue to in fact atrophy, to then replace the fish's tongue and feed on the host's blood and/or mucus. In the film, townspeople are - similarly - found with their tongues absent. [Reason: A wikipedia page is shown (c. one hour) into the film which if freeze famed, shows to give most of this information: + the townspeople's (victim's) tongues are not extracted, but absent, inferred eaten by the parasite.) See more »

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Narrator states that the instance of something wrong was 6 weeks before July 4th. The footage that accompanies this statement is dated June 18th, clearly not 6 weeks before July 4th. See more »

Quotes

Activist: There's forty-five million pounds of chicken shit dumped into the bay each year.
Activist: I mean look at that, that's entirely made of chicken shit.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Devil Inside (2013) See more »

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Spoonful
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
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A short review of "The Bay" (2012)
13 June 2017 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

"The Bay" (2012) deserves credit for its effort to give viewers a detailed and well developed, found-footage science fiction-horror movie. In depicting a brutal parasitic infection eradicating a small coastal town, writers Barry Levinson and Michael Wallach appear familiar with the basics of epidemiology and public health. And they make nice use of a time-honored sci-fi standby — pollutants causing small organisms to mutate into large ones.

Levinson and Wallach are ambitious too. "The Bay" follows a number of intertwining narratives winding through the entire town, making use of more than a dozen actors and innumerable extras. Some of those actors are quite good — especially those portraying emergency professionals, like the local emergency room doctor, the staff for the Centers for Disease Control and the bureaucrat from the Department of Homeland Security. I think a story with this scope, and with this many characters, would have made a fine ecological techno-thriller novel. The filmmakers really do serve up a thoughtful, serious cautionary tale that is sometimes frightening.

Despite its strengths, however, "The Bay" is still encumbered by some noticeable flaws. There's little structure to it, the pacing feels off, and we follow so many characters that it is hard for the viewer to get to know any one of them. There is a news reporter whose point of view serves as a framing device, but she's performed with little energy by the main actress, and her character isn't scripted to be terribly likable to begin with. Parts of the film feel redundant, too. Levinson (who is also the director here) keeps replaying footage and key dialogue, and it's a poor choice.

All things considered, I'd rate "The Bay" a 7 out of 10.

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