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Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

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The Toa Metru return to Metru Nui to rescue the remaining sleeping Matoran, only to find it overrun by the spider-like Visorak horde and its ruthless, sadistic rulers, Sidorak and Roodaka.


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Cast overview:
Christopher Gaze Christopher Gaze ... Turaga Vakama - Narrator (voice)
Brian Drummond ... Onewa / Matau (voice)
Trevor Devall ... Nuju / Iruini (voice)
Paul Dobson ... Whenua / Sidorak (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Nokama (voice)
Alessandro Juliani ... Vakama (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Roodaka / Gaaki (voice)
French Tickner French Tickner ... Norik (voice)
Scott McNeil ... Bomonga / Keetongu (voice)


The Web of Shadows concerns the return of the heroic Toa to Metru Nui. There, they find an old enemy has overtaken the great city with the help of Visorak--robotic spiders that can quickly encase anything or anybody in near-indestructible webs. The Toa undergo a bizarre metamorphosis while sealed within strange cocoons, and emerge as clunky-looking machines made up of mismatched parts. Though horrified, they find that they also possess some new powers, which prove essential for their subsequent journey to restore Metru Nui--and themselves. This delightful Bionicle installment is probably easily accessible for any viewer unfamiliar with the series to date. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The final battle for Metru Nui begins.


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Release Date:

11 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bionicle 3.: Árnyak hálójában See more »

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Did You Know?


Greg Farshtey, author of the original Bionicle comics and most of the books, claimed he was greatly displeased with the plot of this movie, since he thought that Vakama joining the villains made no sense for his character. He would instead have chosen Matau. But since he was only distantly involved with the movie, and Bob Thompson was at the time the head of the Story Team, Farshtey had no say in the story. He said that if he could rewrite one part of the saga, this would be it. See more »


In the first shot of the Toa entering the ruins of the city, there's an unusual dark line on the top of the screen where the background can be seen instead of the fog. See more »


Sidorak: What is that?
Vakama: I guess it's Keetongu.
Sidorak: But Keetongu doesn't exist!
Vakama: Obviously, you're wrong about that. I'll take care of him.
Roodaka: No, Vakama. It is not your place. It is that of a king.
Sidorak: [looks around nervously, then tries to look confident] If Keetongu wasn't a myth before, he soon will be.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits have past and the music stops, there is a jumpscare of an attacking Visorak spider, accompanied by the buzzsaw-like screech it makes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German release was subjected to a total of 55 cuts, with the movie's running time being decreased by 9 minutes and 2 seconds, a seventh of the original running time. The reason for these alterations is that in Germany, the movie was targeted towards a younger audience, and many frightening or intense scenes and dialog had to be deleted. Unfortunately, almost all of the cut parts were integral to the plot and pacing, and without them the story makes very little sense. The deleted parts include the following:
  • Vakama's hand rising out of the sea (this shot was however included in the trailer)
  • the Toa ducking when some animals fly overhead
  • the Toa getting struck down by the Visorak and falling on top of each other
  • the Visorak screeching in the distance and approaching the fallen Toa, with the closeups of the Visorak jaws
  • Sidorak looking over the captured Toa is shortened
  • Roodaka demanding for the Toa's corpses
  • two Visorak fighting on their webs, with one of them falling to its doom
  • the transformation of the Toa into mutant Toa Hordika and bursting out of their cocoons
  • the Muaka roaring at Vakama
  • Vakama trying to fire back at the Visorak attacking him and his launcher getting hit by a blast
  • some TV airings cut the scene of Roodaka convincing Vakama to join her by commanding a group of Visorak to commit suicide. This sequence is included in the regular German cut.
  • Vakama stalking and attacking Norik in the Great Temple
  • Sidorak saying that he exterminates Toa
  • Vakama roaring at the assembled Visorak horde and the Visorak screeching back at him
  • the rest of the Toa marching into the Coliseum to rescue Vakama
  • the Visorak swarming into the Coliseum, encircling the Toa
  • Vakama ordering the Visorak to open fire on the Toa
  • Onewa lagging behind as the Toa fly up using their energy spinners
  • the Visorak stalking the Toa on the statue they land on, then the Toa jumping down
  • the door Roodaka and Sidorak walk through closing in, followed by the jumpscare of a Visorak lunging at Whenua
  • Whenua defeating the Visorak by drilling out its teeth and punching it in the air
  • the brainwashed Vakama blasting Matau with an energy spinner
  • Nuju "hitching a ride" on the back of a Visorak is shortened, the closeups of the Visorak's head are cut
  • Sidorak trying to hit Keetongu with an energy beam is shortened, he only shoots him once as opposed to making several failed attempts
  • Keetongu falling to the floor after Roodaka successfully blasts him, causing a giant shockwave
  • most of Vakama's duel with Matau is cut, including throwing him against a wall and blasting him with a spinner
  • Vakama's moment of victory, thingking he has blasted Matau off the balcony is cut, as is Matau's hand rising over the edge. Instead, it looks like he immediately grabbed a hold of the balcony's edge.
  • Nokama's and Whenua's brush with a few Visorak spiders is cut, as is Whenua giving Nokama a helping hand. Two separate shots of Nokama jumping are combined into one to bridge over the cuts.
  • Keetongu smashing Sidorak
  • Nokama hooking her weapon around the leg of a Visorak and getting dragged by it
  • Onewa having a duel with a blue Visorak
  • Vakama stepping on Matau's hand and calling him weak, with Matau reluctantly agreeing, however nor Vakama's response, nor him taking his foot off Matau's hand are removed
  • Whenua smashing a Visorak on the head and another screeching at him
  • the scene of Nuju running from some Visorak is shortened and the following shots of another Visorak throwing him near the rest of his fellows is cut, making it look like he suddenly teleported elsewhere
  • a giant Rhotuka blast downing the Toa and the Rahaga is cut, so they simply appear lying on the ground without explanation
  • Roodaka getting hit and energized by the Toa's powers
  • Vakama's blast hitting Roodaka and Roodaka falling to the ground
  • the Makuta awakening and his shadow-hand appearing out of Roodaka's heartstone to teleport her away
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A Movie More Than Just A LEGO Advertisement
17 August 2013 | by Gresh854See all my reviews

This is the 3rd installment to a LEGO advertisement series. This should be... interesting? So Bionicle 3 is about the toa who return to the island where they defeated Makuta so that they could find and save the remaining toa stuck on the island. But the place is taken over by Visorak and they need to stop them.

Characters - The characters are pretty cool looking but the voice actors can stew them up sometimes. Some of the voices are pretty annoying. But overall the characters are OK but they look cool so everything is alright, barely.

Animation - The animation in this movie is actually pretty awesome. It's cool because how they animate the mind of makes them look not like LEGO. Sometimes the animation looks sloppy like they rushed it so that was a bit of a problem but it's a TV movie, they're not going to do a whole lot to it.

Action Sequences - I thought the action scenes in this movie were pretty cool for a is movie. I mean this was one of my childhood movies and I loved it so kids will overall love everything about the movie.

The Deep Stuff - The movie thought-out is kind of boring especially if your an adult. But towards the end the movie gets pretty awesome. There's is one part which I did not expect but it was a pretty memorable moment. It was like kind of a sad scene but it had a lesson in it.

Pros -

Awesome Animtion Entertaining Action Sequences Memorable Moral

Cons -

Feels too Rushed OK Script Writing

Overall - Overall this movie is a great family movie, it's better than 1 and 2 barely. It can sometimes seem stupid and rushed but that's because it's a kids movie. O do have to say though that the script that was made in this movie is pretty bad. It's not terrible but it's kind of stupid but it wasn't a big problem I just wanted to point that out. So I am giving Bionicle barely a 7/10 because it is a very enjoyable movie. I personally thought this movie was pretty good. (B+)

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