They Call Me Jeeg (2015)

They Call Me Jeeg (2015)

Released: 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Genre
Director: Gabriele Mainetti
Starring: Ilenia Pastorelli, Luca Marinelli, Claudio Santamaria, ,
Run time: 112 min
IMDb: 7.1/10
Country: Italy
Views: 46879

Synopsis

Storyline:
The film is a strange and anti-hero transposition of a very popular animated manga cartoon in the 80’s called Steel Jeeg. Here, a young outlaw (Enzo) is somehow affected by radioactive waste in the Tiber waters in Rome. He subsequently finds out he has gained super powers and interprets them as a reward for never having managed to enter the criminal world that counts. The inside joke reveals itself when Enzo meets Alessia, who believes the charming hero is the personification of the hero in the cartoon she used to watch.
User Reviews: In the attempt of hiding from the police, Enzo Ceccotti, a small street criminal, jumps in the very polluted river Tevere; a few days after he’ll discover to have acquired extraordinary powers.

I’m sure that it will not be easy to fully comprehend the beauty of this movie if you don’t understand the complexity of the contemporary Italy. This movie depicts perfectly a country full of contradictions: a breath-taking city envied all over the world that hides a degraded outskirt deep inside; a generation of children stuck in their grown ups bodies with their vanilla puddings and their Japanese anime on local TV channels; a criminal class that fluctuates from the ridiculousness to the ruthlessness to whom money has the same importance than popularity and Youtube visualization numbers; and a criminal with no emotional bonds, values or reasons to do good (that would not inspire empathy in any other superhero movies), is saved from an unexpected "damsel in distress" and becomes the hero of a community that often looks hopeless to those who live here every day but that sometimes, unexpectedly, finds its superpowers in the common people, the real heroes of this crazy, misunderstood country.

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