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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Jul 15, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Despite sharing a world and various supporting cast members, Athena is decidedly not IRIS. Fans of that series will note, as is often the case with spin-offs, the two are widely different in terms of style and atmosphere. Viewers should be wary of coming into this one with expectations of a similar ride, though there are small nods toward its predecessor.

The primary strengths of this drama rest in fabulous action sequences read more and beautiful location shooting. Scenes filmed in Italy are truly remarkable; the episodes spent there are some of the best. However, after the events that brought us to Europe conclude, writing mistakes and muddy character motivations start to bog down key elements of the story line. Thanks to a fast pace and simple plot, some of this can be forgiven and there's no chance of the viewer getting lost.

Performances in Athena were a mixed bag. Strong actors worked with the weak and certain characters drowned in script issues. Villains were more compelling than the heroes for instance. Cha Seung Won is particularly wonderful, playing intense and sympathetic though his purposes are dark. I also found myself very invested in the fate of his strangely lovable minion/companion Andy, as portrayed by the adorable Sean Richard. As for the heroes, you have a talented Jung Woo Sung working with clipped wings. He tries to make something out of Lee Jung Woo, but the script affords him little more than saving the day and being struck silly with attraction for his female lead. Speaking of her, my first encounter with Soo Ae found her wanting. She felt limited in ability despite having a role with written potential; most of her scenes were spent gaping or wide-eyed. The love line between the two was poor as well; Woo Sung had more chemistry with a certain SM Entertainment megastar in her two episode cameo.

Athena: Goddess of War is for those viewers hankering for a modern action series. It's light and fast, though not worth subsequent viewings. Those that love SM artists might enjoy it too, since many are highly promoted both in the cast and in the soundtrack. I'd recommend it without taking the plot too seriously; this show has its fun moments.
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14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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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    irish 7 days ago

    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

    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
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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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    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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    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 1,403 users)
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