Park Hoon-jun’s The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion was a financial success upon its release in 2018 in South Korea. The filmmakers were confident enough in the franchise to bank on multiple movies before they were greenlit and looking at the box office receipts, they had good reason to be.
You don’t have to worry about watching the previous movie because The Witch: Part 2. The Other One takes a different approach than its processor with new characters. In this movie, we start by following along with a new character Cynthia (Shin Si-ah) as she awakens after the destruction of a laboratory by a group of “gifted” young adults akin to the group led by Nobleman (Choi Woo-shik) and soon stumbles upon a woman being kidnapped by some thugs.
Cynthia is taken in by the woman and her younger brother but little do they know, she is at the top of everyone’s want list, including some of the most dangerous groups in the countries. Fortunately for them, Cynthia has proven to be quite the dangerous force herself.
The Witch: Part 2. The Other One comes off as a series of stories that are set up in the first few acts and comes together for an epic conclusion towards the end. The film establishes that this universe has a series of superpowered humans who have superhuman abilities such as the ability to dodge bullets, control matter with their minds, and have incredible healing factors.
You don’t get too many details on the origins seeing how it’s the second film in the series but the emphasis is sold as a stand-alone movie. On one hand, it is easy to see the magnitude of characters and plot points as overbearing in its set up but by the time we get to act three, the film goes all-in on action creating one of the year’s most chaotic spectacles that would rival a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
The Witch: Part 2 is a brutal and bloody film, it isn’t for the weak of heart but the worldbuilding and character development not only make this film a must-watch but there is now a serious anticipation of the next film.