Athena (2022) review – a harrowing story about brotherhood and war

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You almost lose yourself in what’s happening around the characters as everything around them collapses. It’s an impressive feature of Gavras because the visual storytelling is incredible.

There are no spoilers in this review of the Netflix film Athena.

Director Romain Gavras portrays a tragic moment in the lives of three brothers through breathtaking cinematography, a haunting score and impeccable cinematography. Hours after the tragic death of their youngest brother in mysterious circumstances, the lives of three siblings are thrown into chaos.

What was so fascinating was the camera placement at all times. There are different viewpoints from each character as they progress through this war. The tracking shots showing each character going into battle or searching for their loved one made this unique.

Gavras has a clear direction and his work with cinematographer Mathias Boucard fully immerses you in the world they have created. It’s fast-paced and has a strong emotional story to connect with. Gavras draws you into this film from the start as he sets the tone early on by throwing a Molotov cocktail during a gathering with the police.

Athena puts the viewer in the role of the character and each backstory is properly integrated to get a good sense of the flow between them. It’s beautifully shot and has some difficult moments between brothers in the third act that bring this story together. They all have different lives and the way this is edited fully explores who these characters are.

Living in different communities, Abdel (Dali Benssalah), Karim (Sami Slimane) and Moktar (Ouassini Embarek) are all struggling to avenge their youngest brother. They all chose to fight this battle differently and used their groups to get to each other. While the story is strong, the graphics take it to a whole other level. You almost lose yourself in what’s happening around the characters as everything around them collapses. It’s an impressive feature of Gavras because the visual storytelling is incredible.

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