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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?


In a deleted scene of the movie, the Toa Hordika are discussing their bestial urges, and Matau asks Nokama (the female Toa) whether her urges involve him. Due to the slight sexual undertone, this scene got cut, but it's included in the movie novelization. See more »


The scale of the characters varies wildly throughout the film.
  • a Visorak spider seems to be smaller than the Matoran capsules at first, even though Visorak are bigger than the Toa, who are much bigger than the capsules. Later, the spider is the same size as the much larger Roodaka and Sidorak.
  • Keetongu is just slightly taller than the Toa in some scenes, yet he towers far above Sidorak in another, even though Sidorak is much taller than a Toa.
  • Near the end, the very short Norik reaches up to Keetongu's thighs, so either Norik is too tall or Keetongu is too short.
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[Onewa breaks free from the wreckage of their ship]
Onewa: Well, that stunk.
Nuju: [coughs heavily] It would appear there was an error in our transport. Pilot error.
Matau: Hey! I was only order-taking. Vakama was the one order-giving.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a number of humorous titles can be read, in Bionicle writing, placed randomly between the staff members' names. These include among others, "Sleeping Matoran", "Matoran Translators", "Horde Steward", "Visorak Wranglers", and "High Wire Stunts". 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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Unity, Duty and Destiny
3 January 2006 | by bound-to-sanzoSee all my reviews

Here it is, another fabulous movie of the Bionicle Series. The animation is fantastic, the characters admirable in different ways - a pleasure to watch again and again! The one thing I love about this movie, and all the Bionicle movies, is that they always come out with a cool story line, never repeated with the other movies. It's always original.

I love how it stays true to the books, and how it always stays close to the 'good over evil' back-bone story line. It's great for kids, but I'm a teenager and I love all the Bionicle movies! It's suitable for all ages, so why not just see it - it won't let you down.

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