Clif and David are two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime, a 360-day expedition around the world. Documenting their journey every step of the way, the two best friends see their dream vacation turn into a nighmare after a chance encounter with a woman in Paris leaves Derek afflicted by some mysterious force. The latest entry in the ever-increasing found-footage subgenre, Afflicted is a creative, suspenseful action horror film that uses its found-footage concept to its advantage. Afflicted takes the time to let the audience know its two main characters, establishing the type of guys they are, as we spend time with them on their adventures. This may seem like a basic storytelling concept but for a film like this, it really pays off when things begin to get much darker and horrific. This is a film about a man who is slowly going through a horrorfying transformation, and because of the audience is given the time to get to know him, they care for him when things begun to turn for the worst. Afflicted is a tense, fast-paced experience but the empathy the audience feels for its protagonist is what makes it better than a lot of similar films in the genre. Like many found-footage films, one must suspend a little disbelief when it comes to the characters willingness to photograph everything no matter what, but Afflicted does a good job making it slighly more credibly, while delivering a compelling and relatively unique narrative. Perhaps the most impressive attribute of Afflicted is its budget-to-quality ratio, with the film looking very impressive and consisting of heart-pounding action sequences that are truly intense given the films low-budget. In the end, Afflicted is not a game-changer by any means, but it's a well-executed simple concept that provides a unique enough spin on vampire lore.
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