If this action film doesn’t convince the disbelievers that Italian cinema is changing, nothing will.
Director Gabriele Mainetti has given Italians what they say has been missing from Italian films: an action packed, super hero movie with great special effects, and Call Me Jeeg is a good one for so many reasons.]
A Roman thug (played by Claudio Santamaria) ends up with super powers when he gets exposed to radioactive waste after a dunk in the Tiber (and those of who have seen the less than pristine Tevere lately will get their first laugh here).
When Alessia, the mentally challenged but beautiful daughter of a colleague (Ilenia Pastorelli) becomes convinced that Enzo is Jeeg Robot from the ’70s anime and manga series, she urges him to use his powers for good and against evil, particularly the evil Fabio (Luca Marinelli). Enzo’s been existing without a whole lot of human contact for a while, retreating to his hovel at night to eat yogurt and watch porn, so the admiration that she shows him is confusing. “I don’t know how to do this”, he tells her. “You have to help me.”
Enzo’s been living in the shadows, but Fabio’s been seeking the spotlight, and for each of them, the modern phenomenon of social media plays a big part in their individual and collective stories; the effect is dead on topical and crucial to the film’s fast pace.