‘Athena’ Film Review - A Netflix Thriller

Director Romain Gavras Lights the Paris Projects with Technical Virtuosity in "Athena"

The strife that tears three brothers apart is chronicled in the Netflix drama competing in the Venice Film Festival when videos of their youngest sibling appearing to have been slain by police go viral.

Release date: Friday, Sept. 23 - 2022

Cast: Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti

Director:  Romain Gavras

Screenwriters: Romain Gavras, Ladj Ly, Elias Belkeddar

THE BOTTOM LINE: Nerve-rattling, intense and explosive.

With Karim yelling commands and making quick judgments as the insurrectionists—most of whom appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s—fan out to defend their territory from the assembling police force,

Gavras gives the material the kinetic immediacy of battle scenes. The police launch a counterattack aimed at gradually thinning down the ranks of the rioters as they are locked behind Athena's fortress-like walls and threaten to wage war on the Feds unless they reveal the identities of Idir's attackers.