Umma is Korean word for mother. Amanda and her daughter, Crissy, live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the spirit of her dead mother.
Writer and director Iris K. Shim managed to put together an adequate enough storyline and script for “Umma”. But It wasn’t a particularly outstanding or overly memorable movie experience. Only thing that is interesting about the movie was it has interesting nice mixture of Korean horror elements into American horror. Almost half of the dialog in the movie is in Korean with subtitles.
For a horror movie, “Umma” turned out to be somewhat stale and slow paced. It wasn’t particularly scary. Although there are very few scary scenes and jump scares, but overall, the movie wasn’t scary at all. Even those few scary scenes, nothing we haven’t seen many times before. Instead, “Umma” focused more on drama aspects of the story.
Visually, the movie isn’t so bad. But then again, “Umma” is not a movie that is particularly reliant on special effects and CGI. There wasn’t any blood, gore or any kind of violence.
In terms of acting, Sandra Oh performed well. Fivel Stewart, who plays the daughter Crissy, is unknown actress, but she put on a great performance in the movie alongside the likes of Sandra Oh and Dermot Mulroney.
In the Nutshell
“Umma” is watchable if you are a big horror fan, but if you decided to skip it, you are not really missing anything. [2 out of 5 stars]
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Genre: Super natural haunting