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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
Frequent cartoon violence and peril. Characters fight with swords and fire. Characters come dangerously close to falling into lava.
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Products & Purchases
The characters are based on a popular line of toys marketed and manufactured by LEGO.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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