Umma is a 2022 American supernatural horror movie written and directed by Iris K. Shim. The movie stars Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi, Odeya Rush, and Dermot Mulroney. Sam Raimi serves as a producer on the movie. The movie follows Amanda (Oh), a single mother who lives with her daughter on an isolated farm haunted by her mother’s ghost.
Umma was released in the United States on March 18, 2022, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The movie received mixed to negative reviews from critics, who praised Oh’s performance and the film’s themes but criticized its formulas as clichéd, its script, its over-reliance on jump lessons, and its lack of suspense.
Fivel Stewart plays Chrissy and MeeWha Allen Lee is seen as Umma, Amanda’s mother. The Umma cast also includes Dermot Mulroney and Odeya Rush. Dermot was seen as Danny while Odeya played the character of River. Tom Yi plays the character of Amanda’s uncle. The movie got a good response from the people.
Korean immigrant Amanda and her home-schooled daughter Chrissy “Chris” live on a rural farm, keeping bees, selling honey, raising chickens, and living without modern technology because Amanda has an “allergic reaction” to electronics and electricity. She is upset when she learns that Chrissy wants to leave the farm to attend college. When Amanda receives the cremated ashes of her recently deceased estranged mother, or Umma, in a suitcase from her uncle visiting her from Korea, she is confronted with memories of her abusive childhood.
Umma was left to raise Amanda alone in the United States, unable to speak English and surrounded by those who did not understand or practice her culture. Amanda is revealed to have made up her “allergy” to electronics after being electrocuted several times by Umma as punishment. When Amanda severed ties with her mother, she also severed ties with her Korean heritage as a whole, including giving up her last name. When her uncle left, he shamed Amanda for abandoning her own mother and heritage and not teaching Chrissy the Korean language and culture.
Soon after the ashes arrive, an evil spirit appears, determined to claim Amanda’s body for himself. As the paranormal events progress after the delivery of her mother’s ashes, from visions of tortured Korean ghosts (including Umma’s) to encounters with a Kumi who ate her chickens, Amanda suddenly becomes more paranoid, fearing that she is slowly becoming her own mother. . This fear is manifested when Umma successfully possesses her daughter when Amanda tries to bury the ashes.
Chrissy finds her mother performing Jes, wearing a mask and hanbok. She was attacked by Amanda but managed to avoid being killed after pleading for her life. Amanda decides to confront her mother. She forgives her abuse. Amanda acknowledges that it was unfair that Umma was expected to raise a child all by herself in a country far from home and in her circumstances, but that this was no excuse for the abuse.
This compassion and understanding allow Umma to finally move on and be at peace because she also understands that what she did to Amanda was unfair. The movie ends with Amanda rediscovering her family heritage and sharing it with her daughter, as well as coming to terms with Chrissy’s need to live her own life.
Umma Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
As the story continues, Umma tries to enter her daughter’s body and takes control of it. After the ash rose in the house, everything began to change. Amanda realizes that she is acting more like her mother. The Korean spirit began to control her body. Her mother’s spirit took control of her body when she decided to hasten the ashes. Amanda is now fully under her mother’s control.
One night, Chrissy finds her mother performing Jesse in a mask and hanbok. She tried to interrupt her, but her mother loved her. Umma tries to kill Chrissy. However, she somehow manages to sneak out of there and save her life.
Amanda later tries to confront Umma that just because she follows Korean culture she has no right to punish her. Moreover, she acknowledged that her mother tried to educate her, but that could never be the reason why she was punished so harshly.
Umma finally admits her mistake and x apologizes to Amanda. Eventually, Amanda finally started teaching her daughter the Korean language and Korean culture. The story ends with a happy ending.