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Character error 

As Metus first meets Mata Nui, whom he initially assumes is a local, he tells him a joke about how there are lots of ruins on the planet, even mentioning the name of the planet: Bara Magna. He only learns later that Mata Nui is in fact not from that planet. So if he thought he was from around there, why did he make a point of telling him the planet's name?
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When a screw falls out of Berix's arm, after having proclaimed his masterful repairing skills, you can hear it make a clinging sound before it reaches the ground.
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During the rockfall in the canyon, Ackar doesn't open his mouth when he gasps.
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When Ackar points out how crazy it was to jump into an arena match and Mata Nui replies by saying "True", Ackar is for some reason mouthing Mata Nui's response.
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Character error 

Upon having his life saved by the Scarabax beetle Click, Mata Nui states that "before this day, he has never needed help from anyone or anything". This is not entirely true, for much of the Bionicle story leading up to this point had been centered around helping him, awakening him from his coma and even resurrecting him. And it has been hinted at that Mata Nui had been semi-conscious in his comatose state, so he should by all means know that others had been trying to help him all along.
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Berix pushes Kiina aside to get a view at the fight scene and yell at Tuma. However since they are in a cage at this point, he was perfectly able to see what was going on form where he was standing. He didn't need to shove his companion to the side.
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Not necessarily a goof but an inconsistency nonetheless: Akcar's impressive demonstration of fighting moves throughout the movie clearly contradicts Raanu's statement that he's way beyond his prime. None of the events seems to confirm the negative things the characters say about him.
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Ackar claims that it's impossible for the Skrall and the Bone Hunters to work together, since they are rival tribes, even though all of the other tribes on the planet are rivals as well, yet they do work together perfectly thanks to the arena system. In fact, according to the backstory, he was one of the founders of that system, so it doesn't make sense for him to scoff at the idea of rivals uniting.
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When the Bone Hunters ambush Kiina and Berix, and Berix pulls out the shield Kiina told him not to steal, Kiina gets angry at him. But Berix carried the shield very visibly on his back when Kiina was following him just moments ago, so she should have noticed that he had it with him.
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Continuity 

The large shoulder armor of Strakk changes its connection to his arms between shots. In some shots, they attach to the front of his upper arms, while in others, they are on the sides.
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Even though the planet that the opening scene takes place on is Aqua Magna, the Planet of the Endless Ocean, we can clearly see several large green continents on its surface. The whole planet is supposed to be covered exclusively by water, according to the Bionicle canon. The way it is portrayed in this movie contradicts everything that has been stated before.
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In some shots, the animation of the tiny spinning gears, propellers, and bolts that can be found on various body parts of the characters is absent. They seem to be spinning in one shot, then suddenly stop in the next, and so on.
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In the opening scene, we can see that the island of Mata Nui is alive with lush vegetation, and all kinds of tropical trees and other plant-life can be seen in a handful of scenes. When we are treated to a bird's view of the island, it is clearly green with snow covering its mountains. However by this point, the mechanical Bohrok swarms have already wiped or chased every living thing off the island, and demolished its surface. The island should look completely barren and lifeless, not lush like in the movie.
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When the door leading to the Great Beings' lab opens, there is a large cloud of dust rising with it. In the next shot, the dust is completely gone.
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In the opening scene, the Mask of Life flies behind entire planets, yet we can still clearly see it. It also turns around the planet of Bara Magna, and still remains visible. Compared to the planets, it should not even be seen. Thus it appears like it's about country-sized in certain shots, but after it lands, it's as big as a regular mask.
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When Mata Nui asks Kiina why she is speaking against the Great Beings, there is a small dot on the back of Kiina's head which isn't supposed to be there. It's also visible in another shot seconds later.
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When Kiina and Berix's cage falls to the ground, it's visibly intact, but when the dust clears, it's suddenly in pieces.
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The dust and smoke from the explosion behind Vastus immediately disappears when the shot cuts.
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The position of the broken-off Vorox tail Mata Nui carries on his back keeps changing.
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Mata Nui's sword disappears when he says "If it's within my power, I will take you." It reappears in the next shot.
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When Mata Nui and co. leave Vulcanus, the mountains in the background look completely different from when he arrived there the night before. In particular, the giant rock arch that was at the horizon is now much closer and much smaller, and the rock outcrops that were there before are gone.
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Certain names are pronounced differently depending on the scene. For example, Metus pronounces Raanu's name a both "Raanu" and "Ranoo".
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After Mata Nui is done looking at Ackar's shield-collection, the sword on his back disappears. It reappears some shots after that.
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Five Bone Hunter riders attack our heroes. When Mata Nui takes aim at them with the Skopio's cannon, there's suddenly six. Just before the shot hits, there are only two.
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Mata Nui fires at the Bone Hunters from the back. In the next shot, the blast is for some reason coming from the front.
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When the Skopio is about to step on Mata Nui, he's standing on a patch of rocks. In the following shot, he's on plain sand.
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The fighting combatants disappear from the background while Mata Nui flees from the Skopio.
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When Kiina yells to Mata Nui during the fight in the canyon, Mata Nui looks to the left side of the screen, even though the others are on the right. He's also facing the wrong way when he responds to her.
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When Kiina and Ackar jump back into the vehicle, it's facing in a different direction than when they had fallen out of it.
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When Berix hides behind Mata Nui's legs, he puts his hands below his knees. In the following shot, his hand's on the top of Mata Nui's knees.
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When Kiina first mentions the Great Beings, she appears much shorter than she normally is compared to Ackar.
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Inside the secret cavern, the position of the characters keep changing depending on the shot. You can easily see this by comparing them to Gresh who's lying on the stone slab.
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When Ackar takes out his sword to hand it over to Mata Nui, it's position is flipped compared to the previous shots. The sword's finger guard is first to his right, then to his left.
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Gresh's blade magically appears in his hand when he needs to mention it. It hasn't shown up anywhere else before and he wasn't carrying it on his back.
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Strakk's ax changes position after he's slammed against the rock.
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A bright highlight appears between shots on the rock Ackar jumps on during his match with Strakk.
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The shadows of the village leaders sitting beside Raanu are absent from the background wall in numerous shots.
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Factual errors 

The Mask of Life, as it hurtles through space, is seen pulling a trail behind, like a meteor in Earth's orbit. But this is erroneous, since there is no atmosphere in space, and the mask remains perfectly intact upon crashing into a planet's surface. Then what was that trail made up of?
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Miscellaneous 

If you watch the spinning nuts and bolts on the characters closely, you can notice that at times, they suddenly start to move choppy. Instead of making full turns, they appear from one position into the next between two frames.
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As Metus says "So, we came up with a solution", the highlight suddenly vanishes between frames from the top corner of the giant BIONICLE piece in the background.
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During the final fight, when Mata Nui says his "We fight with purpose" line, his right shoulder armor is detached from his arm and just floats in the air beside him.
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When Strakk walks away from the arena, his right foot is inexplicably on backwards.
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There is an odd flickering color on the inside of Mata Nui's thigh when Kiina says "I want out of this dump." It looks like two overlapping surfaces in his animation model causing rendering errors.
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How does Click the beetle manage to stay on Mata Nui's shoulder when they violently tumble out of their crashed vehicle?
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When Metus points his blade at Mata Nui after first meeting him, there is a heavy motion blur effect on the blade even though it's not moving forward.
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Plot holes 

In the canyon scene, Kiina, Ackar, and Mata Nui are on their way to the village of Tesara, being chased by a horde of Bone Hunters and confronted by a towering Skopio beast. Even though they needed to reach the village as fast as they could and the Skopio in front of them wasn't moving forward at all, Kiina decided to drive their vehicle right into the beast, which ends with a crash. The logical choice would have been to drive past it, as there was a large opening next to the Skopio, leading straight to the village. Why did Kiina choose to drive to the beast instead?
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During the Glatorian's fight with the Bone Hunters, there is a shot in which a Bone Hunter, on top of his rock steed, is chasing Kiina. The camera pans and thus the Bone Hunter gets out of view. But Kiina stops, and for some reason the Bone Hunter never reaches her, even though he has been chasing her just a few seconds earlier. He wanted to kill her, so why would he suddenly vanish?
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Mata Nui takes Tuma's green shield as a trophy for victory. Later, after he throws the shield away, he is seen carrying a red shield. Where did it come from, since it appeared before any Skrall warriors wielding red shields have been defeated? The shield stays red for the rest of the movie.
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Older Glatorian are said to get banished when they don't fight well anymore. Why don't they keep them around to train newer ones? Ackar, a Glatorian beyond his prime, teaches Mata Nui how to be a good fighter within mere days.
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Mata Nui claims that the Mask of Life's powers only work on things that are or were at one point alive. But his own body was created by the masks' powers from mere sand, so it obviously works on inorganic materials too.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the rock steed looks back at Berix who has unwittingly fallen onto its back, the wide armor plating of its face sinks into its neck slightly.
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Due to the design of the characters, it is inevitable that sometimes they twist their limbs and other body parts in impossible ways, and so it is understandable that the viewer would find certain shots in which the character's armor bends or parts of it pass through their body. Though other instances, like Raanu's left arm sinking into the side of his torso, or Metus' arm passing into his large shoulder pad, are animation errors that could have been avoided.
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After Kiina leaps into the air and sends a burst of water from her trident at a nearby rock, she takes an exceedingly long time to reach the ground. Considering she cannot fly, nor can we notice any signs that would show she stayed aloft by bursting water underneath her, it is impossible for her to stay that long in the air.
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As the camera pans through the village of Roxtus to focus on Mata Nui, Kiina, and Berix, and as a Skrall unit runs past on the left of the screen, you can notice how several Skrall are actually running in place, without making any progress forward.
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As the Mata Nui robot rises up from beneath the sea in the introduction scene, the ocean around him doesn't stir up much, in fact the waters seem to be almost perfectly still. Such a gigantic robot (circa 44 million feet in height) should have caused massive tidal waves, not just a large amount of foam in the ocean. One could assume the robot was so big that waves couldn't possibly be seen when he is on camera, but that is not the case, as the animators drastically scaled him down, which caused another goof: namely, the robot could easily reach up to space (as it was shown in other media depicting the event), but in this movie, we see clear blue sky surrounding his head.
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Before Kiina jumps into Ackar's house, you can see her dark silhouette standing in the doorway. As she jumps in, now perfectly visible and fully colored thanks to the lighting, she actually appears from behind the silhouette, which gradually disappears as she comes into view.
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The shadow of Berix, as he runs through the hot springs, is animated in a really awkward way, and doesn't reflect how he actually runs. The legs on his shadow for instance swing forward and backward unrealistically.
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You can notice a layering error in the scene of Strakk fighting Mata Nui. Strakk puts his left foot on a rock, Mata Nui waves his shield around, and at one point, you can see the shield passing between Strakk's foot and the rock. It overlaps the rock but not Strakk's foot.
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The shot of Metus and Raanu speaking about Mata Nui's qualification as a potential fighter also has a layering issue. Raanu is sitting in the background, Metus is upstage of him, yet his hands pass behind Raanu.
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The canyon's reflections on the force sphere blasters are stationary, when the vehicle they are mounted on is moving.
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In the wide overhead shot of Metus and Mata Nui speeding towards Vulcanus in their chariot, the vehicle is visible as a dark silhouette through the various giant LEGO pieces jutting out from the cliffs above them.
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After Metus backs out of Ackar's home, his shadow is visible underneath the wall even when he's outside.
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When Kiina notices the Scarabax beetle on Mata Nui's shoulder and then turns toward Ackar, her right arm passes through the staff she's holding.
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When the traitor first talks to the Bone Hunters, the left foot of the left Bone Hunter clips through the leg of his steed.
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When Berix puts his hand into his bag, his fingers clip through the side of the bag for a moment.
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When Strakk walks away from Ackar and Mata Nui, it looks like he's sliding because his feet movements don't match up with the ground as the camera angle changes.
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When the Agori pull back the curtains at the beginning of Tarix's and Vastus' arena match, the ropes aren't actually being pulled back but shrink, as revealed by their texturing.
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When Mata Nui is fighting with the Bone Hunters and knocks one of them off the rocks, the second Bone Hunter appears "under" Mata Nui due to a layering error.
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Just before Mata Nui knocks the Bone Hunter towards where Ackar is fighting, the Bone Hunter partially clips into Mata Nui's shield.
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When Ackar apologizes to Click, his hand clips through Mata Nui's shoulder armor.
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In multiple shots where Mata Nui and Ackar are carrying Gresh, Mata Nui's shins are disconnected from his thighs, and there is a gap at his knees. You can even see this on his shadow.
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When the camera first zooms in on Tuma, there is a compositing error: the background steam overlaps a pillar of smoke in the foreground.
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When Metus makes his first joke, the tip of his elbow-armor clips into his leg.
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The tip of Mata Nui's shield partially clips into the ground when Ackar throws away his own shield.
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When Mata Nui and his crew pass under the canyon's shadows on their vehicle, there is no shadow cast on them.
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When he lands on a rock ledge after getting knocked off the Skopio, the blade on Mata Nui's shoulder clips through the grip of the sword on his back.
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When Ackar clashes his sword together with a Bone Hunter, you can clearly see the top of the Hunter's head frozen motionless on the bottom of the screen, even though he's supposedly moving.
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When Ackar says "Then he'll pay", the spikes on Kiina's arms are flaring outward. When the shot cuts, they're lying flush on her arms. Also in this shot, Ackar's right arm seems to be clipping through Kiina's staff.
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During the argument at Tesara's arena, the animation model of Raanu's right hands get bizarrely messed up. The ball joint that his thumb attaches to is on the wrong side of his hand, so his thumb looks like it's just floating there. It stays like that for the next scene also.
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When Mata Nui is first shown battling the Skrall and Bone Hunters, there's a Skrall in the background who keeps running in place and only starts advancing before the shot cuts.
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When Gresh faints, the left prong of his helmet seems to clip through Ackar's shoulder armor.
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When Mata Nui and Berix are carrying the "fixed" Gresh, Mata Nui's lower legs are again disconnected from his thighs.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The audio is out of sync with Metus' mouth when he commands two Skrall warriors to destroy Mata Nui.
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Character error 

Metus orders Mata Nui to throw away his shield and his weapon, although he is technically carrying two shields and no weapon.
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Continuity 

A huge army made up of Glatorian, Agori and battle chariots appear to battle the Skrall and Bone Hunters. After this shot, the "army" completely disappears and only the main characters are seen fighting and defeating their enemies alone.
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Following his defeat, Tuma's body simply vanishes from the field and is not seen for the remainder of the film.
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