Athena: Goddess of War

Athena: Goddess of War (2010)

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A terrorist group known as "Athena" and led by evil mastermind Son Hyuk threatens South Korea and the world. It is now up to special agent Lee Jung Woo of the National Security Agency to foil their terrifying conspiracy. Jo Soo Young, the daughter of the South Korean president, is kidnapped and hidden away in Italy. Jung Woo and his team are given the assignment to find her and bring her back.

  • Native title:

    아테나: 전쟁의 여신

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delta777
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Jun 11, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
CSW does dark so well....

I gave "Athena" 8.5 stars due to the glorious cinematography (the N. Italy mountain region was awe-inspiring/a magnificent location) and because once again Cha Seung-Won's performance is mesmerizing. He's an outstanding physical Bad*ss and his voice... dark seduction. The action was good (not of John Woo's caliber of course, but acceptable) The so-called love story/no chemistry between Soo Ae and JWS, wasn't remotely believable and annoyingly boring. read more Like I wrote earlier, I watched it for CSW and rarely am I disappointed in his performances.
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ShinigamiRukiaSR
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Jan 1, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
For Athena you either stand to watch it until the end or drop it on the middle or probably, not even when you are close to the middle. You can choose to leave it there or finish watching just cos. I chose the second option because I don't like leaving my dramas unfinished, I just can't live with it.

Athena is a good drama, has a nice plot though if you kind read more of miss something then you might get lost and not be able to tell what's going on, maybe it's because of the terms, sometimes you get to miss the smallest details as to what a character is doing in a place at that moment.

Of course like people say "There's nothing better than the first one" or well in this case, the spin-off can't be better than the original series, Iris in this case. Iris has no flaws in my opinion, while Athena..it's not about flaws, it's more about the pace of the events, you get a really dynamic story at the start, at a really fast pace that hooks you, thenit drags for around 5 or 6 eps then it gets good for two or three, then it drags and it only gets good in the three or four last episodes, especially when Athena makes its formal entry.

Cha Seung Won does a formidable job as the main villain, and Jung Woo Sung as the hero, well he's cool, sometimes funny (I dunno why but I sometimes found him funny)though he's not as awesome as Lee Byung Hun in his role as Kim Hyun Jun, but well, two stories, two heroes.
It's nice to see some of the characters of Iris here, I really am so much into the main cast of Iris that I really wanted to appear more often.

You will sometimes find yourself frustrated with the pace of the events, but the acting makes up for it when you see the action scenes. So if you have the patience to put up with some filler episodes and have the patience to wait for things to pick up again and are up for some good action then eah, stick to Athena until the very end.

It has its own story to tell, its own characters and well, its own pace to tell events but in the end, it is a nice watch, just have a little patience and well try to pick up as much info as you can so you don't get lost with all of the nuclear terms being mentioned.

Acting is flawless, my only issue as I've mentioned is the pace of the events. Music, I choose a 9 for my review when it comes to music because I seriously loved the tracks that were being played, from the ballads, to the music in the credits, to the orchestral score which name I don't know but you could clearly hear that they were saying something about Athena, that score is a masterpiece.

My rewatch value is 6 because I wouldn't rewatch it right now, but probably in a few years..two or three, when I feel the need to hear the sound of bullets and bombs
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    Almonda 18 days ago
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    Sophie Dubois Jun 10, 2015
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    Duyen Nguyen May 31, 2015

    This was a thrilling and awesome, imo!

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    Datez Feb 13, 2015

    Good dramas, but iris still the best

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    maboksan May 18, 2014

    watching 2nd episode but for some reason the urge to drop this drama increasing. I'm sorry to say but I feel there is something off with the lead actor. I really want to see badass Cha Seung Won...

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      Vui256 Aug 27, 2014

      Did you finish it?

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      maboksan Aug 29, 2014

      no...I put it on hold...had to leave korean drama scene for a while due to busy life

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    kit1186 Jan 17, 2014

    So happy Changmin stepped up his game.

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    lainiwaku Jan 3, 2014

    i watched iris, athena, then iris 2
    and i can say my favorite is athena !

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    Lily2PM Dec 7, 2013

    I really wanna watch it for Cha Seung Won. And I really don't want to watch it because of another actor x_x (no offense to the actor's fans whatsoever)

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    palak Oct 13, 2013

    i think i might watch this for cha seung won :)<3

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    T-O-Psexual Aug 23, 2013
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      Claire Nov 10, 2013

      im decided to watch this drama but after episode 1 i accidentally click your spoiler... i read it,then im stop watching this... coz' ur spoiler make me sad huhu i really want to watch this b'coz of Cha Seung-Won give-up :(

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    animefayinc Jul 15, 2013

    This is definitely one drama that is overflowing with kpop idols O-O

    But I don't know if I want to watch it just because of that... :\

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    nessa Apr 16, 2013

    I saw the movie & liked it, should I watch the drama too?

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      Yuri-PK Jun 1, 2013

      hi^^
      did you find the movie on MDL?
      I've just realised that I don't have it on my list and can't find it..does it have an alternative name on this site or something?

      And yeah. You should watch the drama too. Personally, I enjoyed every eps as they were out..and this year I rewatched it on TV and went through all those fellings and states of mind again^^ I think it's a good drama of its kind..

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      nessa Jun 2, 2013

      @Yuri-PK I think it's not in the database here...

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      Yuri-PK Jun 3, 2013

      @rainbowfun I think so too..:(..that's strange..I find here lots of commercial purpose dramas, or simply short dramas and I can't find this well-known movie=))
      + I would like it a lot if they had variety shows too:p
      Anyways, I still love MDL <3

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    Lily2PM Apr 5, 2013

    The only reason I'm thinking about giving this drama a try is to see Cha Seung Won as a bad guy. But the fact that Siwon is in the show is making think twice before actually watching it... (I know ELFs are going to hate me for saying this, but before you do, know that I am actually like SuJu)

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    aha Mar 14, 2013
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    Ace Jan 31, 2013

    don't understand why this drama has a "happy ending" with the couples while Iris had a tragic one. so stupid..this spin-off is nothing compared to Iris though. Iris had me depressed for a week and I almost screwed up on my research papers and finals because of it lol good times

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      Sarah87 Apr 26, 2013

      You should put that under spoiler tag

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Dec 13, 2010 to Feb 21, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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    7.2 (scored by 1,352 users)
  • Ranked:

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