The Witch: Subversion

 (1,140)7.12 h 5 min2020X-Ray
A young girl, Ja-yoon lives with her adoptive parents after they found her alone in the woods and near death. When strange people start appearing in her life, she falls into turmoil as her seemingly ordinary life turns upside down in a blink of an eye. Featuring an award winning performance by Da-mi Kim and co-starring Woo-shik Choi from Parasite.
PARK Hoon-jung
KIM Da-miCHOI Woo-shikCHO Min-soo
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RNPacker.MomReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing!! Must watch if you are looking for action & suspense!
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Korean cinema just blows American film-making away. It doesn't even compare. This movie had me on the edge of my seat, twists and turns, great acting...look forward to the sequel!!!
28 people found this helpful
emaReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsPerfect cast, excellent movie
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The Witch: Subversion [Blu-ray]

PROS: Perfect cast. All actors' performances are excellent. Great story, directing, editing. The lead actress Kim Da-Mi is extraordinary in all phases of her character Ja-yoon!! Great twist in the story midway through. Great action scenes, especially the fight scenes at the end. Her best friend Go Min-Si is also excellent as Myung-Hee.

CONS: The English subtitles for this blu-ray are not the same as the original English subtitles. Ja-yoon's best friend, Myung-Hee would call Ja-yoon a "shrew" in the original subtitles, where as on the blu-ray the word "shrew" is replaced with the word, "bitch". Perhaps they were trying to Americanize the subtitles more... but to me it took away a subtle unique word and endearing way Myung bonded with Ja-yoon. Using the word "bitch" sounded like everyday empty social media banter. They also had the two swearing where they didn't before making their lines no different than the bad people and removing the innocence of their youth. Having said that, if I had not had this comparison, I would probably have given the movie 5 stars... it's still that good. Also, disappointed that there are no special features at all on the blu-ray... only the movie.
15 people found this helpful
JunMyung SongReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best Korean Movie
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Unprecedented movie in South Korea. I think the director intended to make some series with Hollywood scale, and I think he did fine work for that.

Main actress, Kim Da-mi, she already became a superstar with the drama series "Itaewon Class" in 2020, but now I know why she is such a good actress. Amazing play by her, and I truly enjoyed watching her.
12 people found this helpful
Mark L. MckenzieReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsdon't expect a fast movie from the first 30 minutes, then Wow !!!!
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Very charming movie, the first thirty minutes are a set up.... You appreciate it more during the last parts... The two young actresses are great and the mysterious young man is an interesting element. It doesn't lack any action in the later part and the story is a good twist. It makes some Sci-Fi American movies sit up and applaud the approach... Not for everyone but if you like an interesting story, check it out... I was a little confused with the action reviews after the start but made perfect sense... The start isn't bad just doesn't move like the rest of the movie.. the Central character's friend is very funny and the parents are charming, Jonathan and Martha Kent by way of Korea :) I really liked it a lot!
7 people found this helpful
Fromdefo1Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsI absolutely loved this movie!!
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Normally, I hate a movie that I have to turn captions on and read my way through the movie but this is an exception. I rented this movie first for this reason and then went back and bought it. When the action starts in this movie it is spectacular! Great directing, great writers, awesome actors and a storyline that carries the movie to its finish. I rank this movie up there with the Marvel Movies.
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Thomas Benjamin SauerReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsSlow-paced, boring, underwhelming
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They want to make sequels to this and if they do, they have a lot of ground to make up here.

The worst thing about this movie is that it is boring. What starts as somewhat interesting if not painfully derivative and uninspired (anyone who is familiar with superhero films and action-thriller films will see all the twists coming from a mile away), devolves into sparse cheesy action and expository dialogue dumps which are about as engaging as listening to your boss explain why you need to work this Saturday.

You want an action film? Look elsewhere. There is hardly any to justify paying any sort of money upfront. Any action that is there could be looked up on YouTube. I promise that the narrative context doesn’t make it any more compelling.

You want a horror film? Again, look elsewhere. I’ve seen a few websites classify this generously as a “horror-action” yet there is nothing about it that could even remotely be called “horror.”

Even if you want to just kill time because you absolutely have nothing better to do, this still isn’t a very good choice. It’s one of those movies that makes two hours feel like three.

It is a competently well made enough movie with some moments of cool brutality but you got the rest of this chore of a film attached to it that takes up the vast majority of the runtime.

Watch the trailer and imagine a better movie.
4 people found this helpful
TruthBeToldReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Movie! Watch Now!
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This is not a horror movie which the title would suggest, but it is an excellent movie about a young girl who has psionic abilities that were implanted in her at a young age that she’s forgotten about (or has she? Bwhahahaha)

More action, suspense oriented but certainly highly recommended to see her abilities once they come out.
9 people found this helpful
SwittersReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing
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This movie had me changing allegiance throughout. Well written, and the acting was absolutely amazing.
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