Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui
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The special effects are simply breathtaking. From a shadowy hand reaching from an ominous cloud to the incredible action sequence in the forge between Toa Lhikan and... er, the bad guys, this film is a treat for the eyes. Character animations are flawless, and their movements are realistic. Sound effects are unbelieveable, and the musical score is the best I've ever heard in a direct-to-DVD film.
As for the plot: in the original, it was a simple "you'll-only-get-it-if-you're-a-fan". Otherwise, don't even try. In this one the storyline is easier to follow. There are a few moments of confusing dialogue, but just trust me when I say I've been to fan sites and trust me, the most devoted fans are just as mixed up--it's SUPPOSED to be that way.
The main premise is that Toa Lhikan has been captured by agents of an "unrelenting shadow", and had entrusted his powers to six of the inhabitants of Metru Nui- a carver, an archivist, an astrologist, a test driver, a teacher and a forge worker- who will take his place as the guardians of Metru Nui. These Toa quest around their utopian city for the Great Disks of Power, fighting against impossible odds to claim them. Not long after completing their search (told in more detail in the BIONICLE book series), the Toa- the title the guardians are given- are betrayed by the allegedly benevolent Turaga Dume', who secures three of them in custody.Read more ›
Having never seen the first Bionicle movie (again, these aren't my forte), the storyline of "Bionicle 2" pretty much went over my head, but the animation and effects are excellent. It's really astounding what animators can do with today's computer technology.
This movie is very low on scary images and there is no violence, so it's safe for kids to watch by themselves.
I also admire the fantasy world that the creators created. There are six different villages (one Toa or hero is from each one), and each have their own culture. Another topic that the film touches on is that of racial prejudice and how in spite of each group's differences, they can still form friendships and overcome problems together. There is some interesting interplay between the three Toa that are in prison and a wise elder tells them, "Your duty is to ALL Matoran, regardless of village."
The movie is actually kind of deep after you watch it a few times and get the characters and plot straightened out. The movie is also funny. Matau is probably the funniest character in the film.
I highly recommend this movie.
The story in Bioncle 2 is an old story: Good vs evil and finding the power within yourself to win. I, however, feel that the story is told well. The writers create a neat universe and use an easy to understand but someowhat advanced vocabulary. I was pleased to see words like archivist brought into a movie that appears to be guaged around 7-12. There is even a little bit of slapstick humor.
Of additional note, the movie does address "The Great Spirt" quite often and I think those who are interested in having movies of a religious nature might find it interesting to watch this movie with their children and discuss the themes: good vs evil, finding yourself, faith and altruism.
The graphics, music and sound effects are well used. There is cartoon violence but not much different from what would be found in Harry Potter and/or Power Rangers. I do think very young children might find the last 15 minutes a bit scary. I would advise if there were scared by Jurassic Park to be careful with having them view this movie, especially alone.
The family could sit down and watch this movie together. While it is predictable for adults, I think it is short enough for ages about 7-12 (or mature 6 year old) to enjoy it like they would afternoon cartoons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So my kids broke the library copy we rented, although I'm not sure how. Called the library they wanted $27 for me to buy the replacement through them. No sir! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cher
I like all the Bionicle movies. I highly suggest you see all three of them if you are
i have 7 kids happy that is all i have to say. that in its self is a great statementPublished on September 9, 2013 by Mom2seven2011
My kids liked it and I think it has Great graphics ! Good quality. I rate it 5 stars. Ok for the money. Fast shipping!Published on June 26, 2013 by S. Collins
THis is a great cartoon for boys. My son is a lego freak and this goes along with that. He loves watching it and uses his characters along with the show.Published on April 25, 2013 by Sarah Kloiber
These come in a series; however, they can be watched and enjoyed in any order. The only problem is buying the action figures other than online since this is an older series of... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Richard G. Price
Kids love it and watch it over and over again. Very good story and not something you have to worry about young ones watchingPublished on March 14, 2013 by John Behn
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