Bingo Hell

Last week I watched an Amazon Prime exclusive, Black as Night, which was in the Welcome to Blumhouse series. There was a second film in that series and it was called Bingo Hell. I liked this one much more than I did Black as Night.

From IMDB: “In the Barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita (Adriana Barraza) , keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.”

This movie is carried on the backs of some of the most likeable characters you are going to find. Lupita may be a bit of a Latina stereotype, but you can’t help but root for her. Then L. Scott Caldwell (the ever wonderful Rose from LOST) is here too as Dolores. They make a great pair.

The story has several themes inside it, from gentrification to community coming together. They may not be covered too deeply, but the ideas are here and the film puts it out into the world.

Richard Brake played Mr. Big and does a fantastic job of going over the top and being the face of the evil trying to tempt the older people of Oak Springs into easy money.

The conclusion of Bingo Hell is full out thrilling and exciting and brings our heroes to the forefront in a satisfying result.

Bingo Hell is a much more fun film than last week’s Black as Night and it feels as if it will maintain the score over time.

3.5 stars

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