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Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Third in Lego-based series is overly complicated.

Movie NR 2005 74 minutes
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Similar to the previous two movies in the series, BIONICLE 3: WEB OF SHADOWS suffers from too many characters who all act the same, and too many needless complications in the storyline. Not to mention 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.

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