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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.


Henry Gilroy (story), Bob Thompson (story) | 1 more credit »
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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 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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Did You Know?


Due to popular demand, the soundtrack was released in December 2017, over 12 years after the movie itself. It included Roodaka's full theme, which was unused in the movie, although notes from the theme do show up in a number of scenes and a different variation of the tune could be heard on the DVD menus. See more »


When Matau says "Nice ship!", there's a strange dark outline around the spheres that Keetongu's carrying. See more »


Matau: What has happened to you?
Vakama: [growls and hisses, walking on all fours like an animal]
Matau: You know, outside the obvious?
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Crazy Credits

Spiderwebs run along the edges of the credits, with Visorak sitting on them, some snapping at the titles. At one point, two Visorak fight each other, with one shoving the other off the webbing, then clapping its pincers victoriously. 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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Written and produced by Morten Krog Helgesen
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Completely Underrated
19 December 2007 | by cameron-burnSee all my reviews

As a completely nutty Bionicle fan who has managed to collect all the comics and most of the products as well as being a true member of the Kanoka club, I was looking forward to seeing the only Bionicle film I had not yet viewed. Of course, I already knew the plot line through reading the comics and the story's but nevertheless thanks to Greg Farshteys imaginative brain this still managed to dazzle me. When you've got a theme like Bionicle, and they make a straighttovideo film , the chances are your parents are not going to rate this film highly. But I think that these 3 films are completely underrated in that the animation is sweetly edited and the story lines are superb. Bionicle 3:web of shadows is the most popular of the Bionicle films in that it uses the greatest bionicle adventures theme as a storyline and that it's animation manages to capture an atmosphere so eerie it could even surpass the PG ratings. Bionicle 2 is still the best crafted film in terms of editing and the mask of lights is the most "fun" but this one contains the best storyline in my opinion.

As for me, I can't wait for Bionicle 4 to come out as it should involve the immense Piraka and the beautiful Voya Nui and the Bionicle Legends in my opinion is the best. Can't wait for that and overall good film. The Visorak rock! The Toa Hordika Rock! Roodaka does not rock!

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