Bionicle: Mask of Light: The Movie

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Lego product tie-in is difficult to follow.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 70 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

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

Positive role models & representations

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
Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byanto s. April 4, 2017

10/10 best of all time

SO GOOD DUDE WATCH DIS SHI
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 tee... Continue reading
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,... Continue reading

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?

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.

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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