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The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (2018)The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (2018)

The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (2018)

This slow-burn thriller delivers bloody thrills and twists

Action, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

7.0

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South Korea
English, Korean
Action-packed, Gripping, Intense
2018
Park Hoon-jung
Cho Min-soo, Choi Jung-woo, Choi Woo-shik
125 min

Synopsis

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Ja-yoon is a high school student who struggles with memory loss after she endured some unknown trauma during her childhood. While trying to uncover the truth, she is unwittingly dragged into a world of crime and finds herself on a journey that will awaken many secrets hidden deep within.

Our Take

7.0
The Staff

The Witch hardly reinvents the thriller wheel. In fact, part of the fun in watching it is calling out the cliches. Cold-blooded villain? Check. Antihero who defies death? Check. Senseless, bloody killings for minutes on end? Check, check, check. The Witch has everything you’d expect from an action movie, and yet, the viewing experience is all the better for it. 

By trimming all the unnecessary fat and zeroing in on the action, director Park Hoon-jung delivers a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred film that could hold a candle to the John Wick franchise. Like those films, the movements here are sharp and the gore relentless. The only difference is that The Witch is led by a teenage girl—seemingly flimsy but deliciously deranged, Kim-Dami is magnetic in her breakout role as the titular witch Ja-yoon. It’s also a bit like Stranger Things in that sense, but comparisons aside, The Witch stands out as a razor-edged entry into the genre. 

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