Five Dates | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Paul Raschid, UK, 2020,  
Cast:  Taheen Modak, Demmy Ladipo, Mandip Gill, Georgia Hirst, Georgia Small, Marisa Abela, Sinéad Harnett 
Review by Dave Smith 

Filmed and developed during lockdown, Five Dates is a completely live action, interactive rom-com film about the unpredictable world of digital dating. 

To begin with, you set up a profile for Vinny, a millennial from London, who has joined a dating app for the first time while living in lockdown.  

Vinny very soon gets five potential female matches, you have to help him explores whether compatibility, chemistry and connection is still possible in a world where physical touch is no longer an option.  

Vinny must pluck up the courage to video date with wildly different personalities. 

You get to choose 3 of the matches to go on a video date with. The success or failure of the date depends on you. The relationship scores are calculated from the start right through to the very end and will affect certain scenarios as well as having consequences in the concluding scenes. 

The video dates themselves are well acted, and with over 7 hours of filmed footage, have a very natural feel. The way the film reacts to the answers to the questions is seamless.  

If you like a bit of light gaming then it’s worth giving Five Dates a go.  With its 10 different outcomes, it should keep you entertained for hours. 

FIVE DATES is releasedworldwide for digital download on Windows & Mac viaSteam, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 17November and IOS/Android 2021