Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Confusing and complex story line; for Bionicle fans only.
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

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Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

As a muddled adventure story, aside from platitudes espousing heroism, there isn't much in the way of positive messages here.

Positive role models & representations

None of the characters stand out from one another enough to emerge as positive role models.


Frequent fantasy-style violence, as characters battle with lasers, swords, and flames.


The characters are based on the Bionicle line of toys manufactured and marketed by LEGO.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui is a 2004 computer-animated movie whose characters are based on a series of toys manufactured and marketed by the LEGO toy company, making this basically one long commercial. While kids and adults who enjoy these toys might appreciate what's happening in this movie, for those who don't know all that much about the Bionicle toys will find this movie to be needlessly and frustratingly complicated. Aside from the commercialism, there is also frequent fantasy-style violence as characters do battle with swords, lasers, and fire.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 November 29, 2014

Decent film, not for the current fans.

A nice prequel to the first film, pretty good animation and action scenes. Matau is just as funny as he is in web of shadows. Still, a bit too basic at times, a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySpitbot March 24, 2017

A Step Up From Mask of Light, Still Not Great

BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui is a prequel to the first film that follows the adventures of the Turaga 1000 years ago, when they were known as the Toa Metru.... Continue reading

What's the story?

When evil threatens to destroy the island of Metra Nui, Toa Lhikan (Michael Dobson) bestows great power and responsibility on six new Toa. These six Toa are young, impulsive, and prone to arguing amongst themselves. Quickly, they must grow up and accept their new responsibilities as they must find the Mask of Time and defend Metra Nui from the Dark Hunters. If they fail, they will lose the heart of Metra Nui, and evil will destroy everything that has been built.

Is it any good?

While the animation is very good, the storyline to BIONICLE 2: LEGENDS OF METRA NUI is very difficult to follow. And probably even more difficult if you have zero interest in the line of LEGO toys upon which this movie is based. Like the first Bionicle movie, characters are always using cliched fantasy lines like "Seize them!" and "It is your destiny to fulfill." It isn't easy trying to understand what's at stake for these characters, especially as none of them really stand out from one another, aside from some are "good" and others are "evil."

This film has the potential to be enjoyable for kids and adults who enjoy or have enjoyed Bionicle LEGO toys and seek overly detailed fantasy stories. For everyone else, though, it's not easy to understand what exactly is happening, and why. The storyline is overwritten, overly complex, and ultimately frustrating as you try and make sense of the movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about commercialism. Why do you think LEGO would want a series of feature-length movies in which their toys are prominently featured?

  • Did you find this movie easy to follow? Why or why not?

  • How does this movie compare to other fantasy movies?

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