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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.
The idea of teamwork is touted, but the frequent unprovoked violence works against any positive take-aways.
Positive Role Models
Stormer and Furno engage in a type of rivalry that eventually saves them from destruction. But the many violent acts in the movie make it hard to see any of the characters as truly positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of battle scenes, though all characters are robots. Weapons of all conceivable shapes and sizes -- bombs, lasers, guns, acid -- plus lots of punching and pounding. Perilous situations like girders falling on robots, falls from high buildings, and spaceship crashes.
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Threatening language: "idiot," "loser," etc.
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Products & Purchases
All of the characters are Lego action figures that are for sale. Accessories like vehicles and space stations also for sale. Kids will know the products by name at the end of the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is essentially a long commercial for Lego's Hero Factory product line. All of the characters and vehicles that appear are for sale. Plus, there's lots oof over-the-top fighting, including myriad weapons (bombs, lasers, guns, acid) and lots of punching and peril. And in the end, the characters, while touting messages of teamwork, don't rise above the violence and commercialism that infiltrate every part of this DVD. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Of the three shorts included in this "movie," the first two ("Trials of Furno" and "Core Crisis") have very little driving them besides robots looking for an excuse to fight each other. The rookies are thrown into battle and asked to show what they're made of, and the flimsy plot thread about young heroes proving themselves in battle leave a lot to be desired.
The final episode, "The Enemy Within," is more interesting. Stormer is infected by nano-bots, which turns him against his crew, and the bad guys are controlled by an old aquaintance of Stormer's who betrayed him on his own rookie mission many years before. Still, unless you have the stomach for crazy, weapon-toting Legos with zero peace-keeping skills, there are much better adventure movies out there.
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