The Bay (2012)
Panic feeds on fear.
- Logical usage of recordings (mostly).
- Story very much Eco-terror (like pollution and stuffs), could be argued to be more believable than ghosts/zombie found footage.
- Sometimes good acting.
- Predominantly not in camera night-vision mode.
- Story is constructed decently well.
- Bugs might not be terrifying, but they never cease to give you that creeped feel.
- I 100% believe it's an accurate description of how our government (particularly CDC?FEMA) actually operates.
- Breaks the 'found footage' with a couple of shots, particularly towards the end.
- Narrator "reporter" girl is a spoiler queen - not hat it matters much if we know character X is going to die before the night is over.
- Narrator breaks in-house rules of not getting infected by nasty mean bugs, and yet comes out fine (Ie. holes in the constructed story).
- Some of the acting isn't so great.
- Pretty gruesome (lesions and blisters and nasty little bugs that eat you from the inside out).
Better than some found footage flicks on basis that it's a more believable story, so fans of the found footage genre should enjoy it. That being said, it's certainly not he best use of found footage I've found so far (Apollo 18 did a better job pushing reasonable F.F. usage), and acting can be a bit hit-or-miss. Scares come less from jumps and the unknown and more from a realistic base of how inefficient a town - or really even the government - is at handling a disaster that was only compounded by the things we as a population do in the first place. Some conspiracy for the tin-hats to latch on to, some bugs to make every squirm in the seats, and you get an overall alright movie for someone looking for a found footage flick.