Horror movies which incorporate the found-footage style are a dime a dozen and just about played out. But we have faith that Barry Levinson and his gaggle of isopods in his new Contagion-Paranormal Activity-Inconvenient Truth mashup, The Bay, will actually buck the odds and be something we like.
First off, here's the trailer:
And here's why we're amped:
It's Barry Levinson.
Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam, Wag the Dog, Diner— Levinson's Oscar-winning résumé speaks for itself. It's easy to trust Levinson, because like, is the guy who made Rain Man really going to do you wrong? O.K., O.K., there was that weird Bee Movie monstrosity, but we're pretty sure he's shaken that. Honestly though, we're looking forward to seeing how an Oscar-winning director handles the found-footage genre. It's not unlike making a superstar chef like Jean-Georges Vongerichten work with Spam—we're not sure of the result, but we're pretty sure it'll be unlike anything we've tasted. And on that found-footage note ...
A Lot of this Film Was Shot on iPhones, Androids, and Webcams.
Levinson, who made an appearance at New York Comic Con, told a captivated audience (and me) that some of the scenes, for better or worse, were filmed with an iPhone by an actor or an actress in room by themselves. For someone whose biggest gripe is that movies and television never depict text messages, phone calls, e-mails the way they look in real life, this is a nice surprise. But let's see how well those actors and Levinson pulled it off in real life.