Two Canadian men decide to travel the world, filming their experiences and uploading to social media. It's all the more poignant because one of them (Derek) has a brain aneurysm, so it could be his last opportunity. While in Paris, he takes a woman back to the hotel room. But she attacks him, leaving him unconscious and badly cut. Derek refuses medical attention, even when he starts to feel ill and his body starts to change.
Afflicted owes a lot to An American Werewolf In London, but with a vampire as the mythical beast. We have two outsiders who arrive in an unfamiliar country, one of them is bitten by a 'monster' and becomes infected. As he goes through a period of transformation, he tries to deal with the inner conflict between his conscience and his new needs. Add a bit of grisly body horror (reminding me of Contracted) and someone continually filming everything with a shaky hand-held camera, and this is what you get.
Filming this in the 'found footage' style is a mixed blessing. Sometimes it works well (the body-worn camera perspective during the chase sequences is amazing). But you still end up with the usual "why would they be filming this?" cliches. I also found it annoying that an experienced cameraman with professional equipment, would be waving it around and struggling to focus it. The story has several plot holes and some unlikely coincidences. And worst of all, the ending - and the final scene during the end credits - were both laughably implausible.
All that said, it's actually quite hard to dislike this movie. It totally held my interest, and I loved the intense, fast-action set pieces. Some parts feel like you're watching an ultra-violent video game. It's genuinely scary at times, and has a few decent jump scares. The special effects and horror make-up are surprisingly good, and the actor playing Derek gives a disturbing performance in the transformations.
Ok I have contradictory views about this one. Do I think it's a good film? No. It's not all that original, and some parts are a bit hard to swallow.
Did I enjoy this film? I'd have to say yes. It's certainly not flawless, but it's entertaining and quite exciting. And because of that, my scoring reflects my enjoyment rather than the quality of the movie.