Park Hoon-jung follows up The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion with The Other One that expands upon its world instead of its story with new characters & very light connective tissue.

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There are mercenaries hired lớn hunt down Cynthia, but their banter feels too forced and their background nonexistent. Then there are the other superpowered youth hunting down Cynthia so that there are no survivors from the laboratory they destroyed. They’re violent & lean heavily into being menacing to everyone in their way due lớn the advantage their powers bring them. Again, their similarities with the previous film’s group imply that all of these superpowered beings are violent and cruel, but this group in particular just lacks the same impact as the first film’s crew.

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The biggest mistake though is that Park Hoon-jung keeps The Witch: Part 2. The Other One’s stakes too low. It feels more like a first part because its connective tissue is extremely light & when it does begin explaining further details, it’s all in service of something greater that doesn’t surface. A group of gangsters encroaching on Kyung-hee’s father’s farm after his death và the little girl who can seemingly kill people with just the flick of her wrist has potential khổng lồ be an interesting clash, especially when the film’s many plotlines begin converging. But the final sequence feels mute despite some serviceable action beats.


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It’s the other problem that persists throughout The Witch: Part 2 – a disappointing execution of its action. The first film felt inspired with its efficient kills và excessive gore. It was gleefully hyperviolent while still maintaining interesting sequences thanks lớn some great choreography. The second film feels more lượt thích a comic book movie as characters take beating after beating, lessening the potency of its superpower conceit, while also never really providing any standout moments. A few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it beats are peppered throughout the final act, but The Witch: Part 2. The Other One is never better than its first showcase of Cynthia’s powers – a quick multikill that reverberates throughout the movie despite its very quick employment.

While disappointing, The Witch: Part 2. The Other One still feels lượt thích it has the potential to become something grander. Some familiar faces return to help stitch together the two movies, but it all feels lượt thích they’re two separate stories that may intersect in a more profound way through a third film. It is unfortunate that Park decided to lớn flesh out the world more than the narrative, but it is an interesting world. Where it stumbles is as a follow-up to lớn an effective genre hybrid that used both horror and kích hoạt in equal measure. The Witch: Part 2. The Other One just never quite nails either because it seems more interesting in crafting a universe than a story.