Heart Shot feels like a cruel tease of a show or film Netflix should have financed already.


Director(s) Marielle Woods
Screenplay By Lauren Ludwig
Date Released 2/17/2022
Where To Watch Netflix
Genre(s) Action, Romance, Young Adult, LGBT
Duration 19 Minutes
Content Rating TV-14
Noted Cast
Nikki Elena Heuzé
Samantha Nia Sondaya
Ty Bethany Curry

Film Summary

With Sam and Nikki being seniors and Sam off to college in 5 months, it makes the two days they’ll have alone in Sam’s house seem like bliss. However, Nikki’s older sister Ty arrives and ruins Nikki crafting a beautiful memory with her girlfriend.

Cast & Character Guide

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Nikki

Nikki (Elena Heuzé) talking to Sam at night
Nikki (Elena Heuzé)

Raised in a competitive family, Nikki has spent quite some time pursuing normalcy after leaving home and feels lucky to have found Sam.

Samantha

Samantha (Nia Sondaya) smiling at Nikki
Samantha (Nia Sondaya)

College-bound and so in love, while Samantha’s parents aren’t necessarily fond of the idea of Nikki being in their house while they are gone, they seem to be more supportive of the relationship than Nikki’s parents.

Ty

Ty is Nikki’s older sister, who has sought her out at their mother’s request.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Gun violence, blood

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So what kind of organization does Nikki’s mother run?

Review

Highlights

It’s More Than The Queer Version Of Something You’ve Seen Before

Unfortunately, many movies, shows, and shorts often feel like they are remixed versions of something else. Whether it is the Black version of Steel Magnolias, the all-female version of Ghostbusters, and so on. Heart Shot doesn’t feel like it is a direct or even inspired by short based on anything you have seen.

Rather, with establishing this cute couple and Nikki having a gun, you are just led to think maybe Nikki is from a bad neighborhood and her mother may not know or support her sexuality, so things are rough. Be it her living out in the streets or who knows what. Thus making these two days heaven since she can be in Sam’s arms, playhouse, and feel safe.

Ty (Bethany Curry) talking to Nikki
Ty (Bethany Curry)

However, Ty introduces herself and with Nikki revealing why she has a gun and all that happens? You’ll be questioning when are we getting the full story because this little teaser isn’t enough.

Overall

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

I want all the details. It’s on Netflix’s platform, so I’m assuming they have some kind of faith in this, so I fully expect people to check this out and read on Deadline or through Google Discover this is getting a limited series or movie. For I refuse to believe this is going to end up like so many shorts where it shows what the writer, director, and actors are capable of, and the story just ends on this ellipsis. And it is because of the adrenaline this short left me with that it is being recommended.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Title Card - Heart Shot (2022)
Heart Shot (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For?
Those who want an action story focused on two queer women of color in love and who are willing to not get the whole story but love watching what may feel like a pitch.
Highlights
It's More Than The Queer Version Of Something You've Seen Before
Disputable
85


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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and have aimed to be that friend who loves watching various forms of media and talking about it. So, from bias, strong opinions, and a perspective you may not have thought about, you'll find that in our reviews.

2 Comments

  1. Avatar of DJ Kingzie

    The story line is nice,acting and everything looks amazing but very short and it cut short my enjoyment but I still like it and wish its even a seasonal cause the story is very interesting.thank you.

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