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Slugterra: Into the Shadows

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Basically one long battle scene with toys and action figures

Movie NR 2016 85 minutes
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This series feels like one long extended battle scene involving blasters that fire slugs that morph into various forms of destruction. For those who aren't fans of this franchise, the sound of the blaster gun, which eventually starts going off seemingly every five seconds, gets to be incredibly grating. Also, for those who aren't already fans of this franchise, Slugterra: Into the Shadows is not the easiest to follow, aside from the main narrative of the betrayal of one of the lead characters. The rest meanders into stories of too many slugs taking over Slugterra, slugs forced into captivity and forced to perform in a show called "Slugapalooza," and a highway robbery of some kind.

The end result isn't very interesting. The characters are bland versions of cartoon characters seen so many times before in other cartoons. The action itself is confusing -- the Shadow Clan look evil and demonic, for instance, but they're on the same side as the Shane Gang? And these extended battle scenes provide a showcase for the blasters and action figures for sale wherever toys are sold.

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