A simple concept, committed to fully, tends to be a great approach in this competition. Along these lines, this film employed the simple technical trick of presenting two characters in split screen, respectively preparing for the titular Date Night. The action was minor, but it was propelled along by some decent editing and an interesting soundtrack (the music was repetitive but in a good way, and I appreciated that it was slightly off from what a generic score in a story like this would usually sound like).
It felt inevitable that there would be a twist in the course of bringing the two stories together, and so oddly it was almost a relief to me when his car pulled up outside her house (i.e. exactly what we expected to have happen). Of course, then came the film's twist, such as it was, with him deciding not to go through with it (whatever 'it' as), and driving off instead. Unfortunately this moment felt a bit rushed, and I was left wishing that I had a better connection to the characters' circumstances, so that I could have a clearer roadmap for knowing how I should feel.
There were a couple of moments where it looked like the same shot was used twice in a row (e.g. the woman moving to look out the window), and I don't know if this was a creative choice or just a mistake in the edit. There was also a point towards the end where the woman had a brief fight with another person in the house - I was intrigued by this development, and the fact that it went away as quickly as it came was disappointing. All in all, despite a slight fumble on the ending, I thought this was a solid effort, and a nice way to begin the heat.