To be honest, I’m not a metal fan. It all sounds the same to me. I apologize if some of you Metallica-thusiasts want to punch me in the face. However, when the music is layered on top of a dramatic narrative, then you have my undivided attention. Director Nimrod Antal delivers a one-of-a-kind experience that could potentially alter the approach that all bands take when considering tackling a concert-based film.
The key component of Through the Never is undoubtedly the sound and editing. The narrative that takes place provides a solid foundation to transition between the story and the concert occurring simultaneously. Trip, a Metallica roadie, is ordered to jump into his beaten-up rust vessel and trek across town in order to gas up a broken down band van. His mission is to retrieve some item in the van that Metallica desperately needs for their show that night. However, as he makes his way, he treads through an eerily barren metropolis. Unknowingly, Trip finds himself caught in the trenches of an impending riot of battle armor-clad cops and raging hooligans. Chaos ensues and the music from the concert pulls you in for one hell of ride, or potentially a ride into hell.
For those viewers who scoff at the mere thought that 3-D could be used as an aesthetically pleasing form of art, well this film isn’t going to brighten your day. After viewing the film in the whole 3-D IMAX experience, it’s safe to say that there are opportune films to implement said experience. What some view as a gimmick, and in some situations is true, is actually the aesthetic that drives Metallica: Through the Never’s lively experience. The audience is able to picture themselves in the front row as Metallica lead singer James Hetfield’s words spread through the audience like a raging heavy metal thunderstorm. This whole 3-D IMAX experience might actually take off for all of the right reasons.
Fans of the band’s long journey from long metal hair to now will cherish the experience they take on with Metallica: Through the Never. Due to Trip’s story, fans of the music will be able to associate their beloved band’s music with that of the angst they experienced during their teenage years. Moviegoers should expect a thrilling story that coincides with a metal concert. They balance each other out fairly well, but don’t expect an Oscar-contender. From a director who specializes in captivating thrillers, Nimrod Antal constructs an intriguing story accompanied by a score that will spike the heart rate of every audience member. One last word, don’t be surprised when you can’t stop your foot from tapping after the film has ended.
Metallica: Through the Never opens today in Philly area theaters.