Quick Movie Review: The Trial (John Lloyd Cruz)

Its trailers are all over our televisions, its lead stars are all over ABS-CBN shows — I’m sure most of our Pinoy readers know what I am talking about. I’m referring to Chito Roño’s latest film, The Trial. The Trial features top stars in the industry. Richard Gomez, Gretchen Barretto, Sylvia Sanchez and John Lloyd Cruz are some of them to name a few.

The Trial Poster
photo credit: philnews.ph


The Trial’s story concept is not unique at all. If you have watched Forest Gump or Budoy in the past, you’ll know what I mean. But surprisingly, I was not bored watching the film at all. There’s something exceptional about it that will get you hooked to watch it to its end. I also appreciate how the flashbacks and the present time were carefully presented during the movie. It’s very cohesive that you will not be left hanging about the ending. I’d really like to commend the writer and the director of The Trial (Ricky Lee and Chito Roño) for producing such a masterpiece.

Just a little gist:

The story of The Trial  revolves around a 27 year old mentally challenged guy named Roland (John Lloyd Cruz) who allegedly raped his teacher (Jessie Mendiola). How he survived the whole court proceedings is something to look forward here. (I’ll leave the watching part as your assignment. I want to spare you from spoilers.*winks*)


The Trial is composed of powerhouse actors. John Lloyd Cruz, as always showed why he deserved the crown as the box-office king. He acts so naturally that you will be moved with the lines he delivered as a mentally challenged individual. I have no doubts that he will receive an award for his role in this film. The supporting actors and actresses of the movie were as great as the lead character. I appreciate how Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto portrayed their roles. I actually cried on many scenes with Gretchen on it because I was so convinced with her acting. Sylvia Sanchez, as expected displayed an excellent performance as John Lloyd’s mother in the film. Vince De Jesus, who played as Roland’s father, actually surprised me. His acting was superb as well that I really enjoyed his character together with the punch lines that came with it. Enrique Gil and Jessie Mendiola also exhibited an outstanding performance when portraying their characters during the movie.

MY RATING: 10/10

I’m giving The Trial a perfect ten. Contrary to what many people perceive, Tagalog movies are not “corny” as they were ages ago. The Trial is one of the new breeds of movies that are worth your dime and your time.

You must definitely watch The Trial on the big screen (It’s R13 though because it tackles some sensitive issues). Oh, let me warn you, the movie is a tearjerker so don’t forget to bring your tissues and handkerchiefs and your shoulder to cry on (if you have one)

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