[ Movie Page: Afflicted (2013) ]
Synopsis: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.
Afflicted (2013) was a very interesting Canadian found footage movie that I enjoyed greatly. I do not like found footage movies and hand held shaky cameras but Afflicted made the cut for me to recommend to viewers and friends. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse did a marvelous job making the viewers feel emotions for the main characters. Derek and Clif work great together and makes a remarkable team as the directors, writers and stars of Afflicted. They have directed Snakehead, The Shell, No Backing Out, Afflicted and Waterfall together. Clif has only acted in Afflicted whereas Derek had acted in every movie they directed. I love the concept and originality of this movie. I will try to see more of their movies.
Afflicted contains gory scenes, bad language, suspense and some frightening scenes not intended for a younger audience.
Derek Lee and Clif Prowse are the main stars in this movie. They have been best friends since childhood and Clif would do anything to make his best friend Derek happy during his last days on earth. Derek found out that he has a few blood vessels in his head that can rupture at any time and it can prove fatal to his health and life. Derek decides that he wants to venture the world while he still can and do as much as he can in a year. His parents are against the idea because of his medical condition. Clif decides to leave his life behinds and embark on this venture with his friend to keep an eye on his health.
The boys were having a great time partying at clubs and bars until Derek met the wrong female one night and it leads to a life changing atmosphere for him that he does not want. The movie captured me from this point on because I wanted to know what was wrong with Derek. There is so much more I would like to say about this movie, but I do not want to spoil it. Watch the movie - well worth it.
I love the way that the transformation is documented, it feels like you are baring witness to a real transformation. Derek and Clif get props for the realism. I also like the ambulance scene and the scenes that follow with the authorities, Interpol. I really enjoyed seeing what happens when Derek denies his cravings just as much as seeing the amazing feats, special powers, that he gets over time. I really enjoyed the movie and cannot wait to see the sequel.
So why the 8/10 stars rating? I feel the Afflicted could have big grander, needed a higher budget to really wow me. Budgets do not make horror films or any films better but for what this horror movie was trying to accomplish, they needed the extra assets. Next, the beginning of the movie was so boring. I had to push through to not stop the movie. I beginning is trying to set a "regular guys" base for the movie but it was way too boring.
I will see this movie again with friends and family. I enjoyed this movie more than Paranormal Activity - The Marked Ones.
About Afflicted 2013
Starring: Jason Lee, Stéphane Julien, Baya Rehaz, Michael Gill, Greg Ng, Camilla De Cesare, Benjamin Zeitoun, Julie Basso, Jen Guiterrez, Zach Gray, Patrick Effiboley, Ulyssie Di Gregorio, Edo Van Breemen, Graham Fortin, Tasya Teles, Gary Redekop, Brian Kavanugh-Jones, Sharlene Royer, Lily Py Lee, Jesse Savath, Mike Chochand, Ellen Ferguson, Ernek Reder, Chiara Caggiati, Hjortur Helgason, Domenico Di Michele, Zack Mosley, Susie Barrow, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Lise Bertram
Director: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
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