|Setting||Spherus Magna, Metru Nui, Mata Nui|
|Date||100,000 BGC - 0 AGC|
|Next||BIONICLE: The Quest for the Mask of Life|
BIONICLE is the first film adaptation of BIONICLE. Directed by Michael Bay and released in 2011, this film is based on the events that take place from the construction of the Matoran Universe to 0 AGC. The most notable difference from the original story is that the events of BIONICLE 2 and 3 happen concurrently.
The film opens with a narrative from the future Turaga Vakama who tells about the Great Beings' organization of Spherus Magna. The screen shows us the construction of the Glatorian, Skrall, Vorox, Agori, Zesk, Bone Hunters, and Rahi of Spherus Magna. The Great Being Angonce selects four Glatorian (of Air, Water, Ice, and Fire), one Skrall (of Stone), and one Vorox (of Earth) to be the Element Lords of the planet.
The film cuts to one year later. A war has broken out between the elemental tribes. Angonce watches from his tower in the Valley of the Maze, vowing to create a new universe and take care to not let it get out of hand. He figures that making the universe alive would help to maintain it, unlike Spherus Magna. A failed prototype universe is shown destroyed, while a new universe that is almost finished is standing beside it. Angonce looks hopefully up to the robot and utters two words: "Mata Nui," and blows Spherus Magna into three chunks.
All of a sudden, the Great Spirit Mata Nui's eyes snap open. Vakama then goes on to tell of Mata Nui's creation of the Matoran race to sustain him and eight Toa to protect the Matoran. Six are put into stasis, while one, Helryx, is sent into hiding, and one, Lhikan, is left awake and stationed in the city of Metru Nui. Also, six Toa stones are given to Lhikan with the power to transform six Matoran into Toa, if need be. Vakama ventures on to tell of the Brotherhood of Makuta and how they served as a security force of the Matoran Universe, until Makuta Teridax betrayed his leader Miserix, and the Brotherhood went into hiding.
The film then cuts to the present day in the city of Metru Nui, where Vakama tells about how he was a Matoran of Fire then. He is shown making masks of power for all Matoran and Toa to wear, for better connection to their elements. Vakama's friend Jaller is not impressed by the former's mediocre efforts. Vakama tells Jaller that it is the result of wanting to be more than just a Matoran. Jaller scoffs at this notion. Suddenly, Toa Lhikan bursts into the room, hands Vakama a package, and flees.
Outside the mask-making plant, Lhikan is shown to be running away from two bounty hunters, or Dark Hunters, named Nidhiki and Krekka. A brief fight breaks out, that ends in Lhikan's death. His final words are: "Go to the temple! Makuta has returned!" From inside, Vakama hears this cry and heads for the temple after the Dark Hunters have left. Jaller shakes his head.
Vakama is shown entering the temple of Metru Nui, and he bumps into Matoran of Air Matau. Four more Matoran enter: Nokama of Water, Onewa of Stone, Nuju of Ice, and Whenua of Earth. They, along with Matau, each reveal a Toa stone. Seeing this, Vakama opens his package and finds his own stone. They each insert their stones into the centerpiece of the temple, and are transformed into Toa. With excitement, they venture to the city's coliseum to pledge their allegiance to the ruler of the universe, Turaga Dume. The Turaga scoffs at these Toa, proclaiming them fakes, murderers of Lhikan, and has them arrested by the city's Vahki enforcers.
The Toa use their newfound elemental powers to break out, and begin searching for the Codrex, a location in the center of the universe said to contain the six Toa in stasis - the Toa Nuva - in hopes to find help there. Dume's Rahi Nivawk is revealed to have been spying on them and goes to tell his master of this. Dume, infuriated, tells Nivawk not to let them interfere with the Plan.
Later, Dume tells the Matoran that Makuta Teridax has returned, and that they must get into stasis pods for protection. Once all Matoran are in the pods, the Vahki store them in a cave. Meanwhile, the Toa, now dubbed Toa Metru, are found by a group of Vahki led by Nivawk. When the Toa pull out their weapons and prepare to fight, they are interrupted by a tall red figure with horns. He reveals himself to be Sidorak, a Makuta, who is first lieutenant to Teridax himself. The Toa ask why the Vahki are not attacking this Makuta, but have no time for questions, for a group of Visorak led by Makuta Roodaka attack the Toa and take them back to Metru Nui.
They are imprisoned once again, but this time, guarded by Sidorak. They taunt him to prove his strength by fighting them, to which Sidorak succumbs to. In the battle, Sidorak is pushed into an outmoded guard robot named Keetongu, activating him. Keetongu proceeds to crush Sidorak, killing him and proving to be loyal to Mata Nui and not Dume. Although the Toa have escaped their cell, they cannot open the door to the prison. After much effort, they find six mutated Matoran, dubbed Rahaga. The leader, Norik, says that they are experiments of Makuta. He says that they were injected with Visorak venom, mutated, and cast aside. Norik says: "We were meant to become some sort of armor and be possessed by worms or something, but we lived through the tests. What was that name for what we were to become again? Started with an R, I think."
Vakama springs the Rahaga from the cell, and they combine their elemental powers to escape the prison by blasting the door out. The Rahaga fly off to freedom in outer space, while the Toa Metru journey to the coliseum to confront Turaga Dume. Vakama asks Dume why he has allied with Makuta, to which the Turaga replies: "I AM Makuta!" The false Turaga removes his mask, revealing another behind it: Teridax's own Mask of Shadows. Teridax, disgusted by his Turaga form, uses his Shadow elemental powers to create a shadow hand that absorbs Nidhiki, Krekka, Nivawk, and Roodaka into himself, turning into a giant winged Makuta.
Teridax sics the Vahki and the Visorak horde on the unfortunate Toa. Flying in the air, the Makuta begins absorbing Mata Nui's energy, failing the Great Spirit's flight systems, thus making the Matoran Universe crash land on a chunk of Spherus Magna - Aqua Magna, an endless ocean. Mata Nui's camouflage system creates an island on his head. After all his energy has been absorbed, the Great Spirit goes dormant.
The Toa manage to decimate the Vahki and Visorak, but are then confronted by Makuta. As they fight him, he destroys Metru Nui, engulfing it in shadows. The Toa are overpowered by Makuta, as they must dodge his Shadow hand. Vakama, after observing the hand, realizes that once it grabs an object, it must pull it in. Vakama throws a large boulder into the hand, which pulls it into the Makuta, damaging his body beyond repair. Before dying, Makuta says: "You may have defeated me, but you will never defeat my united army."
Makuta's body then disintegrates, leaving the Mask of Shadows to fall into the sea. Vakama wonders about what Teridax said, but casts it aside. However, all is clear when a Matoran who was in a stasis pod attacks the Toa, because of its subjection to harmful gases. Vakama sees that it is Jaller, so instead of killing him, he hits his face, accidentally cracking his mask in two (something fatal for a Matoran). Nokama sacrifices her Toa power to save Jaller and cure him. Nokama evolves into a Turaga. The other Toa follow this example, and soon all the Matoran are cured and the Toa have become Turaga - a sign that through unity, they did their duty to protect Metru Nui, and completed their destiny by defeating Makuta.
Metru Nui is filled with evil and shadows, so the Matoran are taken to the island above Mata Nui's head, dubbed Mata Nui. Jaller is given Lhikan's mask, and is reunited with his friend. Vakama goes on to tell about the activation of the Toa Nuva by the crash landing of Mata Nui. He says that the canisters that contain them have fallen into the ocean, and that they must retrieve them.
A panoramic shot of their new island home is shown, and then the screen cuts to black. After this, we are shown the ledge where the Makuta was destroyed. All of a sudden, a spiky green being steps in with a container of sorts and gathers up some sort of green fog in the area. He chuckles and says: "Piraka!"
The film cuts to under the sea of Metru Nui, where the Mask of Shadows is resting. Suddenly, a silver clawed hand grabs it out of the water and the credits roll. Move Along by the All-American Rejects is played. In an Easter egg scene, the Toa Nuva canisters are shown floating on Aqua Magna. Then the scene goes underwater, and shows a squid-like creature swimming. He looks at the camera, attacks, and then it blacks out.
- Christopher Plummer as Turaga Vakama
- Hayden Christensen as Matoran and Toa Vakama
- Peter Cullen as Angonce
- Sigourney Weaver as Helryx
- Eddie Izzard as Lhikan
- Keira Knightley as Nokama
- Ashton Kutcher as Matau
- Jess Harnell as Onewa
- Hulk Hogan as Whenua
- Tom Kenny as Nuju
- Lee Tockar as Makuta (reprising his role)
- Michael Caine as Miserix
- Zac Efron as Jaller
- Andy Serkis as Nidhiki
- Bill Fagerbakke as Krekka and Keetongu
- Dee Bradley Baker as the Vahki, Nivawk, and the Visorak
- Christopher Lee as Sidorak
- Meryl Streep as Roodaka
- Mark Ryan as the male Rahaga
- Phyllis Diller as the female Rahaga
- Jay Z as Zaktan
- The Vorox and Zesk do not devolve out of Glatorian.
- The elements of the Spherus Magna tribes are the same as the elements of the Matoran Universe, where in the Prime Reality, Air and Stone are not present, having been replaced by Jungle and rock, respectively.
- Angonce blows up Spherus Magna himself, while in the story, the Energized Protodermis does it naturally.
- There are only eight Toa.
- Lhikan is killed by Nidhiki and Krekka before he can become a Turaga.
- Vakama opens his package much later.
- The Vahi Mask of Time is not present (although Michael Bay says it will be in the second sequel).
- All the Toa Metru are imprisoned.
- There is no "real" Turaga Dume. The identity was created by Teridax.
- The Toa Metru are searching for the Toa Nuva.
- They never become Toa Hordika.
- Legends of Metru Nui and Web of Shadows happen concurrently.
- Sidorak and Roodaka are Makuta.
- Keetongu is a guard robot.
- The Rahaga were never Toa; they are prototype Rahkshi.
- Teridax absorbs Roodaka.
- Vakama cracks Jaller's mask.
- Makuta says: "You may have defeated me, but you will never defeat my united army." This foreshadows what Metus will say in the future.
- The Toa Nuva were never the Toa Mata; they started out Nuva.