Storytelling is a dynamic format. Sometimes it takes filmmakers more than three hours to tell their story, and some need 90 minutes to share their messaging. However, some directors do it in mere 20 minutes. That is how we can explain the newest short film on Netflix, Heart Shot.
Heart Shot plot and cast
Heart Shot is a part of Netflix‘s Emerging Filmmaker Initiative (EFI). Marielle Woods acts as the co-writer and the Director of the film. She previously has worked on big action-driven films such as Baby Driver and John Wick: Chapter 2. Just by reading her resume, one can understand what Heart Shot brings to the table, and it is precisely what it does.
You do not understand how a scene of two women in bed trying to figure out their issues immediately turns into action and thriller like a Bond film.
We cannot explain the film without giving out some spoilers, but in gist, the movie is about two teenage girls, Nikki and Sam, who are in a relationship. However, their life turns upside down when Nikki’s past comes to haunt them.
As the movie is just 19 minutes long, it has a concise cast, with Elena Hueze playing Nikki and Nia Sondaya as Samantha (Sam).
Audience reaction to the movie
Ever since the movie started streaming on Netflix on the 17th of February, critics and fans have been giving it a warm reaction. Here are some tweets of fans wanting more of just 19 minutes of the film.
#HeartShot on Netflix. Wtf? That could've been a good longer seasoned show.. a 19 minute film? Wtf is that might as well be a trailer… IM HOOKED NOW GIVE ME MORE
— I’m Breezy🌬 (@GrumpydGruffalo) February 17, 2022
why is heart shot a short film!? imma need a whole movie pic.twitter.com/MDk3p83WSY
— not CHRISTIAN (@7GOLDEN7_) February 18, 2022
— Siri🇯🇲 (@gowatchit) February 17, 2022
— ELENA (@elenaheuze) February 17, 2022
— Jayy Ritsuka (@theonlyritsuka) February 17, 2022
I want to know more. Hopefully they can make into a show with the same cast because 19 mins is not enough #HeartShot
— kia (@MykiaMorrison) February 17, 2022
— Ashley (@AshleyB46824012) February 18, 2022
And as for critics, readystudycut says that the film “seamlessly connecting a backstory to an immediate transition into the film’s reveal in a short time. As soon as Nikki spends the night with Sam, after revealing her toxic upbringing by an abusive mother, the story shifts into a John Wick-style revelation.”
Should you watch it?
We feel that Heart Shot is a perfect watch for those who don’t have hours to give to a film just to enjoy some thrill and action while still feeling the characters’ emotions in the movie. However, due to its packed run time, the film does leave many questions unanswered. Still, its 19 min watch will keep you entertained for the whole day as you try to figure out what was Nikki’s secret.
The film is currently available on Netflix. Do let us know what you think about the film.