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Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows
Directed by Terry Shakespeare
David Molina
Produced by Sue Shakespeare,
Bob Thompson
Written by Henry Gilroy,
Brett Matthews,
Bob Thompson
Starring Alessandro Juliani
Tabitha St. Germain
Paul Dobson
Brian Drummond
Trevor Devall
French Tickner
Kathleen Barr
Music by Nathan Furst
Editing by Billy Jones
Studio Creative Capers Entertainment
Miramax Films
Distributed by LEGO
Miramax Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date(s) 11 October 2005
Language English
Preceded by Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui
Followed by Bionicle 4: The Legend Reborn [1]

Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows is the Annie Award winning third Bionicle movie installment. It is also the second movie in the Bionicle timeline, as of 2005. The visuals are completely computer-generated. The events of the movie take place during the film Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui. It tells the tale of the Toa Metru returning to Metru Nui after safely taking to Mata Nui the Matoran they rescued at the end of the second movie. The end of Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui is the beginning and end of Web of Shadows.



The movie begins the viewers seeing the red protodermis prison of the Makuta. Suddenly, the cold female voice of Roodaka (Kathleen Barr) calls his name and a talon scratched the prison and a small single shard fell off and landed in a sand circle with other colored lightstones. Vakama as a Turaga (Christopher Gaze) comes in telling the tale of the Toa Metru, who sealed the evil Makuta and vowed to save the sleeping Matoran. But the task would not be easy. Makuta had called out to his legions, lead by a vicious king and a malevolent queen.

The Toa Metru return to Metru Nui to rescue the Matoran trapped beneath the Colosseum. The Toa's ship crashes onto shore. They survive and arrive at Metru Nui; however, the Toa follow the orders of Vakama (Alessandro Juliani) and are trapped when the spider-like Visorak attack the Toa with their spinners, paralyzing them. Later, a Keelerak heads to the Colosseum to report to the horde's king, Sidorak (Paul Dobson). The king of the horde orders the Toa killed. As the Keelarak went to carry out the order, it was stopped by the Roodaka, the viceroy of the hordes. Roodaka persuaded Sidorak to allow the Hordika venom to take effect before killing the Toa. Once done she wants him to bring her proof—their bodies. As the Toa hung above in their cocoons, Matau (Brian Drummond) blames Vakama for leading them into a trap. Nokama (Tabitha St. Germain) tries to convince Matau that it wasn't Vakama's fault. As they hang, mysterious transformations take place in the Toa, causing them to fall from their high altitude. Luckily, they are saved by the six beings who later introduced themselves as Rahaga.

But now, they are no longer Toa Metru, but bestial beings known as Toa Hordika. As Hordika, they cannot use their Mask Powers (Invisibility, Translation, etc.), and they are much more susceptible to passion. Their only hope of changing back lies in the ancient hermit-like Rahi named Keetongu (Scott McNeil), whom no one has seen for millennia. Vakama, angry for leading his friends into a trap, storms off; thinking that he can save the Matoran alone. However, he was captured by the Visorak. He wakes up in the Colosseum observation tower and starts roaring like a beast. He is then persuaded by Roodaka to accept a certain idea; if he leads the hordes, he can rule Metru Nui. Accepting her offer, Vakama turns to darkness and lets his Hordika side come to the fold. He captures five of the six Rahaga, except Norik (French Tickner), and destroys much of the Great Temple.

Thankfully, the Rahaga managed to translate some of Temple's inscription: "Follow falling tears to Ko-Metru, until they reach the sky." The answer was liquid protodermis coming out of the Great Temple. So the five Toa Hordika and Norik follow the stream to Ko-Metru. Matau bickers about how long it's taking to get to the Great Temple, while Nuju (Trevor Devall) tries to explain to him that it may take a while. Just as Matau runs ahead in a rush to get to the Great Temple, they found that the "tears" DO touch the sky via upwards chute. Meanwhile, Vakama is made master of the Visorak hordes and prepares to capture the other Toa. The Toa and Norik discover Keetongu and request his help. He refuses, speaking in language that only Norik can understand. According to Norik, Keetongu could not start a battle on their behalf, but he could aid those loyal to the three virtues (unity, duty, and destiny). When Matau asked if Keetongu will change them back, Keetongu simply answered: "No." Norik explained that in order to rescue Vakama and the Matoran, they must learn to live and fight as Hordika. However, the Toa's devotion to Vakama has touched the Rahi so he joins them in their fight.

Later, at the Coliseum, the final battle for Metru Nui begins. While the Toa kept the Visorak busy, Matau would take care of Vakama and Keetongu would take care of Roodaka and Sidorak. Matau did the best he could to convince to Vakama to come back to the light. Meanwhile, Keetongu was avoiding Sidorak's shots while climbing the Coliseum wall, but was hit by Roodaka. The two leaders of the Visorak went down to check on the "great" Rahi. Matau was nearly thrown off of the Coliseum observation deck when he spoke some words that convinced Vakama that his place was with his Toa. Keetongu was weak, but still alive and killed Sidorak while Roodaka watched. Roodaka, in contradiction of her emotional intercourse with Sidorak, cares nothing for her partner.

Matau was about to die when Vakama saved him. Norik freed his fellow Rahaga and joined the Toa. Roodaka, riding atop a Kahgarak, demanded the Toa give her their elemental powers. When the five Toa fire their Rhotuka spinners, it fails to defeat her. But Vakama had the last blow. Roodaka warned him all the assembled Visorak will destroy him and his friends if she's struck down. He tells every assembled Visorak that they are free from Roodaka's power, backing his claim with the power Sidorak had given him as commander of the hordes. Roodaka has no minions and when Vakama fired his shot, it made contact with the red stone in her breastplate. As Roodaka's body falls a crimson hand encloses her and teleports her away, leaving behind the stone that was on her breastplate. Vakama realizes that the stone was Makuta's, carved from the same protodermis that they sealed him in. By giving the last bit of elemental energy, he had set Makuta free.

The Toa then approach Keetongu, wishing him to change them back to their own shapes. Keetongu is at first reluctant; being Hordika places them at peace with their "beast within", which is symbolic of passion and desire. From a utilitarian perspective, they are better off. But Vakama, inspired by Matau, declares that it is their destiny to be Toa. Keetongu agreed and restored the Toa to their original forms. The scene changes, showing the Toa readying a fleet of airships which will take them to their new home of Mata Nui, named in honor of the Great Spirit. Finally they left, after a lengthy farewell to Keetongu and Norik. As they near the Great Barrier, they noticed Makuta had really been freed. Vakama knew Toa would always defeat him. And the movie's end, Vakama (now a Turaga again), who has been narrating the story, picks up six lightstones and follows Takanuva, Jaller and Hahli to the light.


Nathan Furst composed the music for the movie, and Director David Molina said that watching the movie with the music was an "amazing experience", making the story "suddenly alive and emotional".[2]David Molina and Terry Shakespeare also worked as Art Directors on the film, Terry also worked as Visual Effects Supervisor.


The computer-generated effects were praised by some critics, stating that they could be appreciated even though the film was geared toward teenagers and young people.[3] The DVD release was noted for its good quality audio and video but meager extras.[4]

Bionicle was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Direct to Video -Motion Pictures Sound Editors Annie Award for Best Home Entertainment Production.[5]

Cast & Characters


  1. ^ Archive, "Ask Greg" in section "Command Center"
  2. ^ Furst, Nathan. "Biography". Retrieved 2007-07-25.  
  3. ^ Alley, Dodd. "Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows". Movie Retrieved 2006-06-29.  
  4. ^ McLeod, Mark (October 23, 2005). "Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows". Retrieved 2007-08-11.  
  5. ^ "2006 Golden Reel Award Nominees & Recipients: Other". Motion Picture Sound Editors. Retrieved 2006-10-24.  
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