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Bionicle: Mask of Light: The Movie

Lego product tie-in is difficult to follow.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The values of "unity, duty, and destiny" are upheld by the protagonists, through speech and action.

Positive role models

While there are "good guys" and "bad guys" in this movie, none of the characters really stand out enough to be considered positive role models.

Violence

Frequent cartoon violence and peril. Characters fight with swords and fire. Characters come dangerously close to falling into lava.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The characters are based on a popular line of toys marketed and manufactured by LEGO.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bionicle: Mask of Light: The Movie is a 2003 computer-animated fantasy movie that is, essentially, one feature-length commercial for the Bionicle line of toys put out by LEGO. For fans of the toys this movie might be enjoyable, but for those who have no interest in them, this movie will prove difficult to follow, and filled with cliched fantasy writing where characters frequently say things like "fulfill your destiny" and "walk in the light." There is frequent fantasy-style violence, as characters do battle with swords and fire, and the demonic appearances and voices of the antagonists could be scary for younger viewers.

What's the story?

Two Matorans living on the island of Mata Nui -- a "Herald" (Jason Michas) and a "Chronicler" (Andrew Francis) -- find a mask of light. This mask seems to prophesize the arrival of a seventh Toa, joining the six Toa who already protect the island from evil. Meanwhile, Makuta -- an evil spirit -- seeks to possess the mask and sends hordes of mechanized warriors to invade Mata Nui. It's up to the Herald and the Chronicler, with the help of the six Toa, to protect both the island and the mask from Makuta's evil machinations.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For kids and adults who love or loved the Bionicle line of toy products marketed and manufactured by LEGO, BIONICLE: MASK OF LIGHT: THE MOVIE could be enjoyable. The computer animation is quite good, and the action sequences are unrelenting. However, for everyone else, this is an overly and needlessly detailed and confusing fantasy movie that is very difficult to follow, and not very engaging, in spite of the action.

It's difficult keeping track of who's who, why they're doing what they're doing, and what's at stake for these characters. The confusion is enhanced by the cliched fantasy writing -- characters are frequently saying trite phrases like "fulfill your destiny" and "walk in the light." Arcane phrases are pointlessly thrown out into the dialogue, but the ultimate result merely enhances the confusion for those who aren't especially interested in these toys.

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 does this movie compare to other fantasy movies?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:September 16, 2003
Cast:Andrew Francis, Jason Michas, Scott McNeil
Director:David Molina
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Adventures
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:Action violence and scary images.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 November 29, 2014

Decent, but just as childish as 4 and wierd to fans as 2.

pretty good animation and action scenes. Still, a bit too basic at times, and a bit odd for todays audience. Everyone who saw it as a child is probably late teens-early twenties at least, so its a bit childish as well. Great when it came out, but today its best for fans of the new releases interested in the old (and far better) storyline.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byanto s. April 4, 2017

10/10 best of all time

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Teen, 15 years old Written bySpitbot March 24, 2017

Alright Movie for Fans, If Not a Bit Childish

BIONICLE: Mask of Light, released in 2003, is a CGI movie made to tell the story (and sell the toys) of LEGO's BIONICLE line. It follows Takua and Jaller, two Matoran friends, on their adventure to find the rightful owner of the Mask of Light, the Seventh Toa. If you couldn't tell, there's plenty of jargon (Kanohi = Mask, Toa = Hero, Matoran = Villager, etc.) and there are no human names your kids will be familiar with. This might be overwhelming for very young children who aren't already BIONICLE fans. Some kids won't care what all these words mean, but if your child is really into it, you might want to have a Wiki handy, so that you can punch in and define unfamiliar terms. So, how's the movie? It's a generic, but fairly harmless fantasy flick for kids that fans will enjoy, but the average consumer might not. It's cliche at times, it's kinda corny, but the animation holds up surprisingly well, considering this is a direct-to-video movie from fourteen years ago. There are decent messages scattered throughout - The classic BIONICLE virtues of Unity, Duty, and Destiny are present, and (Spoilers) Jaller proves that you don't need to be a famous hero to save others when he sacrifices himself for his friend. There's animated violence, but it's high fantasy - Bio-mechanical beings fighting with swords, spears, elemental powers, etc. Heroes are shown in danger, which might scare very young viewers. Of course, the movie exists to sell toys, and it kinda shows, with characters who don't really progress the plot showing up for a few minutes at a time to remind everyone "Hey, I have a toy, y'know. You can buy me." before disappearing until the very end(These toys aren't sold anymore, though, so your kids likely haven't seen advertisements or anything). All in all, a perfectly okay movie. If it's on TV or it's two bucks at a yard sale, it might be worth your time. The sequels are a mixed bag, but if this one does well with your family, you should consider them.