Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows

Third in Lego-based series is overly complicated.
  • Review Date: January 14, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters work together to protect their beloved island.

Positive role models

As a fantasy movie in which characters are difficult to tell apart, there isn't much in the way of positive role models.


Fantasy-style violence, as characters fight with swords, lasers, and fire.

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The characters in this movie are based on toys manufactured and marketed by the LEGO toy company.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows is a 2005 computer-animated feature whose characters are based on toys marketed and manufactured by the LEGO toy company. Like the previous two films in the series, the level of enjoyment one can get from this movie is entirely dependent on how much one enjoys the Bioncle toys in general. Besides the commercialism, there is frequent fantasy-style violence, in which characters do battle with swords, fire, and lasers. Overall, however, the biggest concern is the difficulties in understanding the complicated storyline, and trying to figure out who is who, with so many characters who all talk and act the same. This movie is best enjoyed by kids and adults who enjoy delving deep into a fantasy world.

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What's the story?

The Toa have returned to what is left of Mata Nui, in the hopes of freeing the remaining Matoran. They find that their island has been conquered by spider-looking robots ruled by the evil rulers Sidoorak (Paul Dobson) and Roodaka. The Toa are caught by these spiders and captured in cocoons that drastically change their appearances and give them different powers. Emerging from these cocoons, they must learn these new powers as they try to restore themselves to their former selves, while doing everything they can to reclaim Mata Nui and to restore it to its former glory.

Is it any good?


Similar to the previous two movies in the series, BIONICLE 3: WEB OF SHADOWS suffers from too many characters who all act the same, too many needless complications in the storyline, and an overabundance on fantasy cliches in the dialogue revolving around words like "destiny." The animation is as strong as ever, and it makes the various LEGO action figures look quite nice, but for those who are uninterested in fantasy or the Bionicle line of toy products manufactured by LEGO, there's simply too much to try and understand and keep track of here, with little payoff.

Between the dialogue and the bombastic music, the movie feels at times like a self-parody. However, for those interested in Bionicles and obsessed with detailed fantasy, there is much to delve into, and much to enjoy. The only problem is that it leaves everybody else out in the cold.

Families can talk 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 was this movie similar to and different from other fantasy movies?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 11, 2005
Cast:Brian Drummond, Christopher Gaze, Paul Dobson
Director:David Molina
Studio:Buena Vista
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 August 10, 2014
age 7+

The best film related with Lego, along with Bionicle 2 and The Lego Movie.

A dark storyline than 1 and 4 and sinister villains suit Bionicle fans perfectly. If you have read my review of 4, you will notice that Bionicle's fans are now mostly teens and young adults, and that this isn't far from what they might watch. A great film, I just wish 2006/2007 had their own films! :)
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Great role models
Too much violence


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