Afflicted (2014)

Alright, we’re moving into new-release territory again guys. This time I will have two for you. I checked out The Quiet Ones, and this movie. Afflicted. So, let’s get started.

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This is another one of those movies that was released in 2013 officially, but wasn’t given a wide release until this year, so if you want to get technical… go somewhere else. This Canadian found footage flick has a pretty straight forward plot, here it is :

Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

I actually quite enjoyed this movie, and think people should see it. So I won’t be getting to spoiler crazy. This is a prime example of what happens when a low budget movie does found footage in a way that is interesting and has some genuinely frightening moments. It works in the places that movies like Grave Encounters fell short.

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The movie was funded by a grant and money from the filmmakers’ family and friends. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Paris, Italy and Vancouver, and honestly, it worked really well. A movie on a tight budget shooting in foreign locations might be expected to lose quality in other areas like effects, or just the general look of the movie. This one doesn’t.

The actors are both engaging and interesting, their relationship is believable and positive, and I really just enjoyed watching the two of them interact.

The scenario they find themselves in is also quite believable in the way that they respond to what’s happening. There is a moment when their panic and worry turns to wonder and fascination as the afflicted character discovers his new abilities. Overall, the movie flows incredibly well and the characters keep you engaged the entire time. As well, the story really does move along and it gets into the action without a whole lot of unnecessary filler.

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I will say this, if you’re REALLY not into found-footage movies then you aren’t going to like this. It’s not going to change your mind, it does have the same found-footage tropes that people seem to really hate and you’re not going to get a fresh perspective on the found footage genre.

However, if you’re someone who enjoys found-footage, you’ll be right at home in this one. It’s a stronger entry than we’ve seen in awhile, and it tries a few new things to keep people interested.

It’s by no means an instant classic, or a masterpiece, but its a fun, effective and at times frightening movie. I’ll admit I jumped more than once and found some moments really disturbing. For example, I wouldn’t advice anyone with a particular fondness for pigs to watch this movie. Just putting that out there.

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This is a light spoiler, but there is a scene during the credits that I really quite enjoyed that possibly sets up a sequel that I would definitely watch. Anyways, that’s really all I’ll say about this movie.

I recommend you check it out.

I really do.

FINAL GRADE : B

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