THEY CALL ME JEEG (LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT) (2015) by Gabriele Mainetti
“What happens when an offender becomes a superhero?”
When I was about to watch “They call me Jeeg” I had no idea of what I was going to find. I hadn’t read any review and I didn’t even know the argument. I’m so glad about it.
I’m glad because the first Gabrielle Mainetti’s feature film needs to be received with no prejudices that can blur the experience. And I say so because there are many similarities with other superheroes movies in its plot that might let the hateful comparisons appear, when actually “They call me Jeeg” has nothing to do with this genre movies.
Enzo Ceccotti (Claudio Santamaria) is a crook that, trying to scape from the police, will submerge in the Tiber river where he’ll be exposed to a substance that will endowed him with superhuman strength. After this, a series of events will bring together his path with the one from his neighbor Alessia (Illenia Pastorelli), a deranged girl that is obsessed with the animation series “Steel Jeeg”.
Together they will have to fight Zingaro (Luca Marinelli), a racketeer that after being in a reality show is still obsessed with being famous, now as a criminal.
With a bit of drama and black humor, this film tells how Enzo changes from being a person with no friends or ambitions to someone who accepts responsabilities that are not really his Enzo’s new super strength is just an excuse to dig in the story and make it flow.
But all these thing don’t mean that those always-desired-in-super-heroes-movies action scenes don’t get thet deserved attention. The director introduces with right guess many worthy scenes (being this not a Hollywood overproduction) in which the viewer will enjoy each minute: the persecution at the beginning of the film has an excellent rhythm, and the video that Zingaro records to upload to Internet is brilliant; I’m sure I’ll remind it for a while.
And, although in some moments Zingaro’s character annoyed me because it seemed too caricature to me, I must admit that the three main actors do a good job and they deserve their three Donatello’s awards. The film won a total of seven in 2016’s edition.
Bravo for corageous movies!
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.
Our rating: (3/5)