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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.
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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.
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- On DVD or streaming: 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.
- Last updated: September 19, 2019
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