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.

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    아테나: 전쟁의 여신

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Jan 11, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Well, the spinoff from Iris was not close to the original, why? Let me tell you!

Story/Love plot - A forbidden love between two warring organizations? I have to say that this was a great idea. Although this was different from Iris, it made the drama extremely interesting. Whenever there were collisions from the opposing sides, the love story would blossom during the most intense parts of the drama. Well done from read more the directors part for portraying it as such and the writers for coming up with this idea. Now, the actual drama, pretty good. An easy to follow story line but still throws in twists and turns to keep viewers interested.
Acting/Cast - Not as good as Iris, but the actors/actresses did their part. It was enough to keep viewers interested, but bringing in Kim So Yeon as a guest role showed that there was some wavering for the drama and needed a small help from the cast of Iris(Kim SoYeon was phenomenal in IRIS, but I digress)
Music - Kim TaeYeon sings one of the OST's, what more is there? Hah, I kid, the music was alright honestly.
Rewatch Value - Ehhh... The story drops off during the middle of the drama and it becomes a bit troublesome watching the episodes.
Overall - Yeah, it was ok, nothing great.
Circumstances - due to someone getting injured, production of the last two episodes were stopped for about 2 months, so I have not had the chance to see the last two episodes but I did read the summary, with a relatively predictable ending.
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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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Athena is a spin off from Iris. They are very similar with a different cast and a slightly different story. The action, suspense and romance are as amazing as in Iris.
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Both dramas are action dramas about the police. The difference between the two is that in Athena: Goddess of War, it's talking about secret agents while Poseidon is about the police.
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    souldoc70 Apr 4, 2017

    It's not that bad ,the action scenes were movie worthy . It had a solid main cast and I like this a little more than IRIS. The part in Japan and the the ambush that took place at Incheon bridge were very well done! Maybe most felt underwhelmed with the low key romance here

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    Hasumi17 Jan 2, 2017 - edited

    Is there romance between Soo Ae and Cha Seung Won or Soo Ae and Jung Woo Sung?

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    Sharn Sep 30, 2016 - edited

    Idk why but I just cant continue watching it

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      UmiAlam Nov 25, 2016

      just watch last ep and it really is worth watching just last ep

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    AnicsiRoscoe Jul 4, 2016

    I tried watching it, but dropped it after Episode 2. I usually don't drop before episode 4, but for some reason, it just felt wrong. I couldn't get to like the main actor, I hated how he threw himself on the leading girl, even when she rejected him several times. If a guy was that persistent, I'd be seriously creeped out. I also think the writing and directing is somewhat poor. So many things aren't explained properly, while others are shared too openly. Why did they have to unveil the past between Jae Hee and Jung Woo already in the second episode in that cringeworthy memory montage? Feeding tiny bits of information and flashbacks here and there keeps the viewer so much more invested and interested.
    Anyway, dropping this for now, might come back to this if i'm ever really bored.

    On a different note, the main actor looks like an Asian Tom Cruise xDDDDD Maybe that's why I can't like him lol

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    irish Nov 22, 2015

    I haven't read all the reviews, but I read most of them. So I would say I'm in the minority, when I say that Iprefer this to Iris.
    The main reasons being, I think it has better characters, and to use words the director of nts uses, it has more light and shade in storyline and acting, The best acting came came from Kim Min-Jong and the actor who the aforementioned employs
    after in a very funny scene hitting him in the face a number of times. There is a delightful scene between the two of them where they try to gain information by pretending to be who they are not.
    i also lliked Oh Yoon-Ah. This is the third thing I've seen her in, and the more I see her, the more I like her. She is not a great actress. But she is game, and wiling to try different things. She seems to like characters more than lead roles. She reminds me a bit of Cameron Diaz.
    Looking at her picture on Asianwiki, she looks a lot different.
    In Iris, a lot of the performances were rather one note. In this drama, at least some of the actors are given a chance to show they can do more than look very very serious.
    I thought there were some terrific gunfights
    Yes it has it's faults. There were too many people being saved in the nick of time.
    who the hell was oh yoon ha talking to on the phone after she had been out drinking with Soo-Ae's character.
    A major theme of this drama is redemption.
    Some viewers might not like the fact that a character who they would probably prefer to be killed isn't, and another character who it would have been nice if they had lived doesn't.
    As regards the plot about the north Korean agent from Iris.
    There are also some very funny lines in this, mostly coming from the characters i said i like. The director of Nts also said something i found amusing.He says says something about NTs upholding justice, and then says "you may find that cheesy and boring" You would never hear the director of homeland security in 24 says something like that.

    Regarding the special. It reminded me of the what was to me the best action scene, the one between the main villain, and another guy. in the first episode in the bathroom.

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    Kawaitanee Oct 8, 2015 - edited

    Should I first watch Iris and then this or it doesnt matter?

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    leila Oct 4, 2015
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    dore430 Aug 10, 2015

    I'm confused... What's the difference between Athens (drama) and Athena (movie)? I watched the movie, which went straight through, no episodes; but none of the Lead Actors have Athena (movie) on their lists... Whatever I'm missing, I didn't miss anything in the story line... It was amazing, fantastic, explosive.... so many words to describe it. The actors were truly so good in their characters that I felt as if I was a part of the movie! I loved it all!!

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    Almonda Jul 11, 2015 - edited
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      UmiAlam Nov 25, 2016

      why han jae hee wasn't innocent ....what she has done ... any updates plz

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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 - edited

    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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      UmiAlam Nov 25, 2016

      i also didnt finish it i had just watch 1,2,3,4,5, and 20th ap but 20th was worth watching

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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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    South Korea
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    Dec 13, 2010 to Feb 21, 2011
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.2 (scored by 1,692 users)
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