Dir. Barry Levinson (2012)
The Bay surprised me, for what reason I am not really sure, other than I had always had it in my Netflix queue before it left, but never watched. I found it on Amazon Prime and added it, then decided to watch. Being directed by Barry Levinson, I think I had a prejudice against him based on his previous oeuvre, but I was mistaken. This movie had me from the first two minutes and it did not stop. Great use of the mockumentary and found footage tropes, but not predictable or lazy. Great fun and unsettling for most of the time.
The use of a post-mortem mockumentary to frame the context of the events is not necessarily new, but it is quite effective in this case. Interviewing, or possibly debriefing a survivor who is a reporter gave a unique perspective as to how all of the events unfolds. And there is an added level of realism in that the antagonistic force is a combination of nature, the sea dwellers affected by pollution, and corruption in a small town. Very fun and worth a watch if you’re a fan of such fare.