Athena

 (27)6.11 h 37 min201716+
After being infected with a mysterious experimental parasite, two lost, lonely people begin hearing the same mysterious voice in their head, a voice that may or may not be manipulating them for its own sinister ends.
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Robert W. Filion
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Matthew EwaldVanelleMahri Shelton
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HorrorScience Fiction
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Michael MelendezPatrick G. KeenanKristin Jann-Fischer
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Lee MillerRobert W. FilionMarie Adler
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catch22Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsNice indie sci-fi/horror tale
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Carl is a tortured soul burdened beyond belief by the memories of his beloved wife and her loss that has left him emotionally crippled and living in a perpetual bad dream. He is a good guy but does not want to integrate back into society rather choosing the company of a bottle of whiskey on a nightly basis. He begins to hear a voice inside his head, a female voice encouraging him and yet terrifying him. It's hard to tell if Athena is really there to help or help herself to what she wants from these two bodies. It's a sci-fi psychological story plus alien/monster type tale. The voice also speaks to his friend Emily and without spoiling the ending, her encounter with the "Athena" voice materializes in a memorable and unforgettable way. Hope you are not squeamish because the film has a number of gut churning effects that are well done and executed. Kudos to filmmaker Robert W. Filion who was not only the director but cinematographer and editor as well. Really nice shots and special effects. Great lighting both interior and exterior. I was scratching my head a couple of time trying to figure out how he did them. Nice rich color palette with plenty of saturation to make the images really pop. I wasn't particularly enthralled with the voice of Athena which at times sounded a little hooky to me and I feel talked too much, but it did work with the story plot. Some nice post effect work as well. Actor Matthew Ewald (Carl) should sweep any festival actor awards the film screens at because his performance was top notch, A lister quality. He truly emboldens the look of a tortured soul. Nice indie horror/sci-fi certainly worth the time to watch.
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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsPsychology Commingled with Blood and Great Storytelling
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Horror fans are a famously fickle lot, but their insatiable appetite for psychology-driven themes is simply a historical fact, with the stakes always further ratcheted once everything arrives drenched in blood. With these truths in mind, it's hard to imagine they won't find loads to soapbox about with Robert Filion's uniquely excellent, "Athena."

Melding the best elements of horror with those of sci-fi, the disembodied namesake character of "Athena" is heard but not seen as a voice that gradually inhabits the heads of the film's two lead characters. Carl (Matthew Ewald) and Emily (the singularly named Vanelle) share life's brutal struggle, but in acutely unique ways that only find a sinister commonality once the inner voice of Athena separately enters their heads and begins commingling with their own thoughts. It's a terrific concept made more so by Athena's ambiguity of intentions: Is she the proverbial angel whispering in one ear, or the devil whispering in the other?

Filion has married a terrific premise with great cinematic execution, and all while eliciting fine performances from his actors. In the sum of its parts, "Athena" is indie horror filmmaking at its most shrewdly aspirational, and is made the masses. - (Was this review of use to you? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful." Cheers!)
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JGReviewsReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsBeware Your Inner Voice
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Athena is an interesting horror/sci-fi indie that I stumbled upon on Amazon. Two troubled individuals start to hear the same voice in their head -- Athena -- who attempts to influence them, but does it have sinister intentions? Now this film might not be everyone's cup of tea due quite simply to the massive amount of blood that appears on screen, but on the other hand, there's probably plenty of us that would watch a horror film just knowing that it doesn't hold back in that department haha. I really liked the psychological element to this film, which is often lacking in many horror films. Pretty good acting and production values in Athena too, particularly for an indie film. It appears as if director Robert W. Filion had many jobs on this film by looking at the credits, so kudos to him for his work here. He seems to have a fairly lengthly list of directing credits according to IMDB, so I might go check out his other work.
JKReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsA Dark and Subversive Indie Horror With Some Interesting Ideas
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This is definitely one of the more offbeat indie horror movies I’ve watched in quite some time – the best way to describe is if you took elements of William Friedkin’s film “Bug” (in terms of a man and a woman both dealing with trauma, and as you can see from the photo here, bugs), Spike Jonze’s “Her” (an unseen female voice driving a lot of the story), and a dash of Cronenberg and put it all in a blender with a lot of fake blood, you’d get something close to this film.

As Carl, Matthew Ewald gives a compelling performance as a truly tortured man dealing with an intense loss, and I look forward to seeing other performances from him in the future. That being said, I did have some issues with the usage of blood in this story, both figuratively and literally – and no, I’m not the squeamish type, and you shouldn’t be either if you watch this film.

Unfortunately, the blood is here is not only a bit excessive (people don’t bleed that much that fast), but there are various moments where a character is bleeding (there’s a scene in a bar that comes to mind) and people just ignore it – people don’t react to people who could have some sort of contagious disease like that in the real world (especially right now.)

In short, this was an interesting movie – there was a cool story here, but some of the special effects distracted me from focusing on it in full. I’d like to see this director make another film, even a horror film, but one that relies less on the gross out and more on the genuine horror found in the human condition – I have no doubt he’s capable of it.
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OligonicellaReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017
2.0 out of 5 starsSciFi? No. Psychological horror gorefest.
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** Some spoilers **

Was an interesting flick about a disturbed guy until half hour(?) or so. Then the gorefest began. So I started watching it as such. Didn't help.

Hoary old tale of a bug escaping some lab (sans any explanation of its creation) hopping from person to person causing havoc and talking to them from the inside. Along came victim number two and the whole thing started getting redundant and boring.

Excellent filming and good actors but the story is shallow, formulaic and the stages it moved through were tenuously related by the bug hopping only.

Only thing I heard at all scifi like was the actress calling her little bug an alien (without any substantiation).

The dialog between the people and their inner "aliens" was very badly written and the voice was horrible, waaaay too loud and abrasive. Everyone infected bleeds like stuck pigs (seriously, pints leaking from their noses, sometimes projectile gushing) and yet none of them seek help for it or are even seen as untoward by everyone else. One guy has a literal pile of blood soaked napkins on a bar and all the bartender says is "I'm not cleaning that up."

Too many shoddy acceptances of obviously wrong things for the movie to convince at all. Gal picks up a guy she doesn't know with half a pint of blood soaked in his shirt and a bowling ball bag (it's a head, of course) and she doesn't find it dangerous.

The production values bring it from zero to two stars. If there were an actual story involved I might have given it four. Oh, the blurb description on the landing page? Pretty much the entire movie.

Ending was obvious from about half way in and it was trite, your standard "more to follow" abrupt cutoff.

And for the love of Pete, if you're gonna have a gal whose supposed to be a kenjitsu practitioner, at least teach her how to hold a katana correctly.
VestalynNaeliReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsFun to watch! sci-fi horror
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Athena is more sci-fi horror. I love sci-fi and probably would've streamed this sooner if it had been in that category. Unidentified creatures crawling into your brain and manipulating your thoughts? Definitely sci-fi.

The quality of footage and the unique imagery is of higher standards. Way nicer than I'd expect of a budget movie. Also, the animations and graphics were a pleasant surprise as well. The actor who plays Carl, Matthew Ewald, is an extremely talented man. He really put his all into his character and at one point he even allowed his face to hit the floor so hard that it bounced off. I cringed for him but admired his dedication. After so much darkness (Carl's a bit depressing and his apartment is dreary) it was a nice twist when the second half of the movie was shown through a new main character. She was quite modern and fun to watch, even though she's vulgar and unpleasant. The samurai sword scenes were trippy and I would've appreciated them more if I hadn't been sober while watching those. Still, she has skills and it shows that she's mentally unstable. We also get to see her side of the story in the previous interactions she had with Carl, which is fun. And hey, Carl's hot! Who knew?! He was constantly covered in scars and blood in the first half of the movie so we couldn't tell. We get to see a whole other side to Carl, and again I'm impressed with Matthew Ewald. Speaking of scars though, I would've liked to have seen more of the fire! How did Emily get out unscathed??

I was never bored while watching this movie! I'm a millennial in a fast paced world, so that says a lot. No scene dragged on too long, the characters said what they had to say quickly, and the visuals were always changing and entertaining. Well done.

Some scenes were so unique and interesting despite only lasting 10 seconds. Like the cemetery scene. That was a lot of set up and work to only have a glimpse of that scene show in the movie. Pleasant surprises like that were unexpected in a budget film. The camera angles were fun and interesting, without being annoying. Some movies drive me crazy when they zoom in too close on faces like 99% of the time. This movie showed multiple views of the same scene which allowed me to feel immersed in it. The director obviously thought out every scene and tried to capture it from every angle. Greatly appreciated.

The ending is satisfying and even hints at an apocalyptic outcome. The Athenas could spread further and take over the world! Sequel?
Michelle HardingReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsGood Independent Horror Film
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“Athena” is a horror/psychological tale. The film has a lot of gory effects that are well executed, but if you are squeamish, I wouldn’t recommend this. I definitely want to acknowledge Robert W. Filion, who directed, wrote, filmed, and edited the film. It’s not an easy feat, and the hard work definitely paid off. The special effects in particular were impressive, especially on an independent level. One of the downfalls to this film is the acting, aside from Matthew Ewald, who portrayed Carl. Overall, it is worth a watch and is a good indie horror film.
DebReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsFun different style of movie
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Enjoyed the movie especially the amazing acting of Matthew Ewald and how his character had to go deep within himself. This was fun, different from the normal cookie cutter movie. I love quirky movies and really enjoyed this one, especially the first half with "Carl" and the sad path he follows. You had a little horror, lots of suspense mix in some Scifi and a laugh or two tossed in. Just watch out for "bugs".....
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