Artists: Richard Gomez, Jinggoy Estrada, Aldred Gatchalian, Iza Calzado, Snooky Serna, Glaiza de Castro, Ryan Eigenmann
The political thriller Bente features three parallel stories of the three main characters--– a hard-hitting radio commentator Arnie Guerrero (Estrada), a bodyguard (Gomez) of a corrupt mayor, who is frequently criticized in radio programs, and the student activist Mervin (Gatchalian).
The mayor instructed his bodyguard to murder Arnie after he has revealed corrupt practices of the said mayor on his radio show. The bodyguard, on the other hand, has his own personal problems as his wife played by Iza Calzado is committing adultery. Mervin has his own fair share of death threats, given by his participation in social movements.
The movie will feature a climactic ending, which will surely change forevermore the loves of the three main characters. To support the interesting plot are superb performances from the lead and supporting casts.
Goma portrayed his character very well. Even when he has no dialogs and just standing or sitting still, his presence is felt with skyrocketing intensity.
Jinggoy’s portrayal of a happily-married man who fears nothing, even death, just to support his cause is nothing short of fantastic.
Aldred’s acting, on the other hand, was just enough to give justice to the role of a young social activist.
Aside from receiving a very rare A from the Cinema Evaluation Board, the film Bente was showered with praises and positive comments from those who saw it.
Directed by Mel Chionglo.