Agent X44

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Agent X44
Agent X44 Poster.jpg
Agent X44 Official Poster
Directed by Joyce Bernal
Produced by Lea A. Calmerin
Tess V. Fuentes
Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Written by Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario
Galo Ador
Trina Marie Dusaban
Raz de la Torre
Starring Vhong Navarro
Mariel Rodriguez
Pokwang
Mura
Cassandra Ponti
Music by Chuckie Dreyfus
Cinematography Charlie Peralta
Edited by Renewin Alano
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date(s) 17 January 2007
Running time 95 mins
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Budget PHP 24.7 million
Box office PHP 82.5 million

Agent X44 is a 2007 Star Cinema film starring Vhong Navarro as Agent X44 with Mariel Rodriguez in her film debut. The movie was directed by Joyce Bernal.

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around a secret agency with Reserve Agent King Aguila (Wesley Chua) tasked to recover the Philippines' most important artifact. The artifact is the bolo of Lapu-lapu which he used to kill Magellan in 1521.

King (Vhong Navarro) is the best friend of Junior (Mura) who is the godson of Tony Falcon (Tony Ferrer), a nearly retiring agent X44. As the two boys grow up, the differences between them become visible. It becomes clear that although he is the smaller one, Junior is the smarter of the two. King has a visual impairment wherein he cannot see the letter "A." This becomes an impediment for his academic success. On the other hand, King is the master retriever; i.e. he can retrieve anything that's lost. Ever since he was a child, King's idol has been his ninong Tony. He also wants to be a secret agent. Junior also wants to be an agent, but Tony is always discouraging him because he fears his son might be put in danger. He makes up an excuse, "Anak, obvious ka masyado!'

King takes up law and passes the agency's qualifying exams. In the agency, he meets Mary Grace (Mariel),another neophyte agent. Mary Grace is flatulent and always gets her high heels stuck in holes. She develops a crush on King, but keeps it to herself. One day, she decides to tell King her true feelings. She had barely said, "I love you" when King rushes out of the restaurant to save a girl. Of course, Mary Grace doesn't know that King is saving the girl. She thinks he is embracing her. She is now convinced that he is a playboy. She decides to take the West Point training being offered to her, and leaves the country feeling bitter about King. When she returns from her training, Mary Grace immediately becomes the #1 agent in the country.

King is given three cases to solve, but he fails each and every one of them. The agency has no choice but to demote him to a clerical job. He longs to be given some fieldwork, but the agency will hear none of it…until Magellan's dagger is reported stolen. Being the top agent, Mary Grace expects the high-profile mission to be assigned to her. Thus, she is shocked when Tony Falcon pushes that King is the best agent for the mission.

With the help of Junior, King nearly gets the dagger but he loses it again. Disappointed with King, Tony gets depressed and accidentally falls into a manhole. Cynthia (Pokwang), the agency head, decides to take King out of the mission. During Tony's wake, the ghost of Tony Falcon appears to her, telling her to put King back in the mission. Actually, Junior masterminded this trick. Cynthia decides to pair King with Mary Grace to retrieve the dagger for the final time.

The dagger falls into the hands of three rival crime lords - Mustafah Saleh (Uma Baron Khouny), an Arabian millionaire who wants to retrieve the dagger because it is a threat to his family's oil business; Leah (Cass Ponti), a Polynesian princess who wants to retrieve the dagger because they have the seawater resources but not the equipment to turn it into oil; and Purubutu-san (Epi Quizon), a Yakuza head who wants to retrieve the dagger because he has the seawater resources plus the machinery to market it all over the world.

Will King be able to retrieve the dagger, and will he be able to retrieve Mary Grace's love for him?

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Rating[edit]

MTRCB, a Philippine media board, has initially rated the movie R-18 due to topless scenes of both Cassandra Ponti and Mariel Rodriguez but was re-rated to PG 13.

Reception[edit]

On the opening day, Agent X44 did really well, it grossed out to PHP 9.5 million. And after 7 days of its showing, the movie made a stunning PHP 60 M. The movie's overall gross was PHP 82.5 M.

Trivia[edit]

Before Agent X44 showed in movies, Niño Muhlach played a special role as "Agent X44" in Oki Doki Doc the Movie.

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