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F [DVD] [2010]
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on 24 April 2015
The title ‘F’ is intriguing enough until you actually start to watch this film and understand what the letter means. This is when, ironically, it makes perfect sense. Director Roberts uses a real school as a stage on which to play out his story, which comprises a group of teachers, security guards and one or two others, who are hunted down and (mostly), killed by a group of hooded individuals who move about silently and ninja-like. That’s about it really.

This is an infuriating film. The assailants are anonymous and we have no idea who or what they are, nor are we given any clues as what their motivations are. The initial set-up gives a hint but that’s as far as it goes. They slip across the background, often out of focus, and crawl along the tops of cupboards or cabinets before dropping noiselessly down behind their victims. Beneath their hoods there is nothing – just black. The staff simply cower, cry and plea before being dispatched. The film doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to attach any meaning to their facelessness or for that matter to what they represent. I must admit that I suspected that Anderson (well played as you’d expect by David Scofield), would turn out to be the killer and that all the goings-on were simply a product of his drink and trauma riddled imagination but no, we were spared that, thankfully, although one scene did indicate that it might just be a possibility.
The ending does, as one reviewer pointed out, feel as though Roberts had run out of film, and possibly budget too. While it doesn’t exactly leave things hanging, it really is not satisfactory, in fact it offers, God forbid, the possibility of a sequel.

The characters are not pleasant and therefore it is not easy to care about them. Whichever film making book Roberts consulted evidently did not include this piece of advice. It seems that he was simply hell bent on making a tension filled piece without due consideration for other, more important aspects. I’m getting déjà vu here, having recently written a review for Haute Tension. Roberts confesses that he has been influenced by Assault on Precinct 13; sadly this influence has not paid off.

So what’s good about it? Well, the run time is only one hour and a quarter but longer might have improved things. It’s a big ‘might’.
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on 16 June 2015
This really is a most infuriating film in as much as it starts off superbly with a great performance by David Schofield as a teacher who has been attacked by a pupil, leading to his mental decline into drink/depression and then....well....the film morphs into a dull and stupid slasher movie with Schofield not being seen for long periods. The director should really have avoided the cliched "hoodie stalker", slasher movie route and instead seen how brilliant an actor he had in Schofield, seen how great the first third of the film was and instead continued with a great drama concentrating on Schofields character. A missed opportunity due to stupid decisions by the Director. It just feels like perhaps he only had Schofield for a short time and had to finish the film, improvise a story, without him or like two scripts pasted into one. Full marks for David Schofield but everyone else involved are either acting bad or contributing to a poor film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2014
One of the most chilling and intense British horror films i have ever seen, also titled as The Expelled, the film is about a group of teachers who try to defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours. it's a must see original shocker...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2012
The start, with the teacher being assaulted by a pupil, then threatened with legal action, promised an interesting film. A slasher which took a pop at loony educational policy, which seems to have left the kids in charge, and eventually assaulting the school.

But the mixture of predictable plot development, lack of humour or likeable characters, and a breathtakingly poor, inconclusive, ending, wrecked it for me

Compared very poorly to Ils and Eden Lake.
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This starts as A slow burn thriller about a teacher who has problems with A pupil that become much more than just that.Had it stayed on that path We would have had A solid little Horror/Thriller but as it progresses the story Suddenly and without any logic to it,STOPS!.The bad Guys haven't been caught, the reason the perpetrators are doing what they are doing is never explained .It Just Ends.You feel cheated,given you've invested In this thing for the past 90 minutes and I don't think its being Petty to expect a Satisfactory Conclusion.A Wasted Opportunity.
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I'm not sure or I can't remember if I bought this rather good film from amazon or not. But it is a good film. I recommend this film to any slasher fans. A brilliantly played by all, maybe not that woman from that channel 4 soap, film. With some truly stomach churning murder set pieces. At an extremely brief 79 minutes this film flies by.
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on 17 July 2015
A low cost, but very well written and acted film. This was recommended to me by someone who was involved in this, and I am very glad that it was. Very much worth a watch, a great British thriller/horror.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What is the point of making a film that has no explanation or conclusion - A real cop out and that's just for starters! Mostly filmed at night to cover the low budget effects - Barely any music so that when a so called sudden shock happens a smash of music either to deliberately shock or awaken the view regardless of what is on screen! A really weak and sad attempt at what could have been a good film as the idea seems sound - About as faceless as the hoodies who are in it!
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on 1 May 2014
A bleak entry into the High School Murder canon, scary because it is plausible. Terrific acting and tight direction but it is a proper horror film not a "Scream" type film.
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on 21 December 2014
I think this is possibly the most scary film I have ever viewed. Not about vampires and silliness, just about scary everyday uncontrolables.
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