We had the trailer for Umma recently and it has just hit the streams. Being a sucker for horror, I thought I would give it a good, so here’s my review. The plot of Umma is:
Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.
If you saw the trailer, you know what’s going on. It stars Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee, and Tom Yi. It is written and directed by Iris K. Shim, who’s pretty new on the scene. It was produced by Sam Raimi, which I thought was a good endorsement.
I won’t go into the story too much. It’s not bad, it’s not amazing, but not bad. The cast are very good. Sandra Oh always turns in a good performance. Stewart, who plays her daughter, was also good.
There is a whole message in this movie around the question of if you were treated badly as a child, will you turn into a horrible parent yourself? But I don’t think the script broke any boundaries with the writing here, it was pretty standard stuff.
The problem with the whole movie was that it was sold has a horror, but it wasn’t scary at all. There was very little atmosphere and no jump scares. It was more like a drama than a horror. I was hoping for some good scares, but I didn’t get any.
If you go into this movie thinking it’s a drama about a mother and her daughter, and how the mother deals with the news that her own mother has died and how she was treated, you might like it. I didn’t really rate it.
Overall, Umma was disappointing to me. As I said, I thought it was going to be a horror and it just wasn’t. If you fancy a good drama you might like it, but don’t expect much. I probably won’t be seeing it out again any time soon.
Sorry it’s a short review, but there wasn’t much to say about Umma.