The TrialVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Chito Roño

Writer: Kriz Gazmen, Enrico Santos

Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Gretchen Barretto, Richard Gomez, Sylvia Sanchez, Vincent de Jesus, Enrique Gil

Synopsis: Ronald (John Lloyd Cruz) is a developmentally delayed adult working towards an elementary school diploma at the university where he works as a gardener. He receives tutoring from teacher Bessy (Jessy Mendiola), with whom he is in love. A video emerges of the two of them depicting what very much appears to be a rape. Charges are filed against Ronald, and he is confronted with the possibility of being sent to prison. The story is mainly told from the perspectives of Amanda and Julian (Gretchen Barretto and Richard Gomez), the parents of a deceased friend of Ronald. The two have a marriage that’s fallen apart, and they’re in the process of separating when this case suddenly pops up. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 130 mins

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0         Bernard Santos (My Movie World)

“Ang ganda ng istorya ng pelikula na umikot talaga sa pagmamahal at masasabi natin at the end of the film na ang lahat at may karapatan magmahal at mahalin anuman ang katayuan o kalagayan nito sa buhay.” (Read full review)

3.5         Spot.ph

The Trial is a compressed telenovela. All the good bits are preserved and nothing is stretched so far that the sensibilities get lost.” (Read full review)

3.0         Skilty Labastilla (Pinoy Rebyu)

The Trial is an engaging, if a bit high-strung, family/courtroom melodrama that features a ferocious supporting turn by Sylvia Sanchez as John Lloyd Cruz’s father.”

2.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

The Trial is compelling enough, but it remains an uneasy proposition. It’s laudable that it even attempts to tell this kind of story, but it’s kind of disappointing that it leaves so much of this premise unexplored.” (Read full review)

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