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Right from the start of "F", you are made very aware that you're watching a British horror/thriller. Despite lacking some of the production/effects aspects of most modern Hollywood gorefests, this doesn't have to be a bad thing; films such as "Hush", and "Wilderness" are prime examples of this British style of film-making at a good standard.
Unfortunately, "F" doesn't follow suit. The storyline, whilst being interesting enough, has many plot holes - which exasperatingly the film never fills in. Staple questions such as "Who are the hooded assailants?", "Why have they chosen to attack the school now?" and "What happens next?" all go annoyingly unanswered, with nothing more than a "hint" included to wet your appetite, and an ending both utterly disappointing yet (interestingly) unsettling. This, contrary to what some others have said, does not add the atmosphere or film itself, it simply ticks the viewer off.
The acting was average at best. Nothing worth raging about, nothing worth complimenting. But the characters themselves were bland, uninteresting and very easy to dislike - especially the films main "protagonists", which is unusual even for a slasher film (which this film rudely masquerades as).
The few redeeming qualities the film had to offer were the unoriginal score, which did a stalwart job at creating tension in places, and the very eerie breathing sounds and mutterings, which I thought were genuinely frightening, (just a pity the film wasn't). The ending was as I've said previously "unsettling", which in my opinion both worked and failed simultaneously.
In conclusion, watch this film if you have NO OTHER options - but don't let the trailer and advertising fool you. Despite having some glimpses of gore it's usually gone and forgotten in a flash, and the frights are sadly very, very rare.
If you're looking for a cheap ridiculous "thriller" about faceless parkour experts with knives, "F" is for you.
If you're looking for a genuine horror/thriller about the youth of today, "Eden Lake" is for you.
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