"While the action itself is quite well done, it’s the questions that remain after the chilling resolution that makes Heathens stand out. I really wanted to know who these kids were and why they were doing what they did. Was it simply for kicks, or as Lena put it, 'Because we can'?. Or is there some deeper reason? The line about the group needing to consist of five people hints at something ritualistic. Something the film’s tag line seems to back up.
Heathens is Garcia’s first film but he has worked as a cameraman on a couple of other projects including the feature Silhouette. That probably explains why the film looks so good. It’s a very polished film overall in fact, especially for a debut effort."
"It’s a film that manages to raise a hefty amount of questions in its nine-minute runtime, yet we find ourselves coming out the other side pretty empty-handed in terms of answers. Who are these kids? What exactly are they doing and why are they doing it? We learn next to nothing about any of these individuals or their motivations, and most of the cast have little of note to do most of the time.
But while there is a small risk this could frustrate a handful to the point of disinterest, somehow this proof of concept piece still manages to create enough intrigue and mythos in the world it does build that most viewers would probably be happy to come back for a closer look."