Reviews — 27 September 2013 » Written by
<i>Metallica: Through the Never</i> review

Metallica-poster-smallHit the lights. Take your seat and sit back. Saddle yourself up for the heavy metal experience of the year. Metallica: Through the Never is certainly a treat for all of the metal heads out there.

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.Metallica-feature2

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.

Metallica-featureFans 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.

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Kyle Harter

Kyle Harter recently relocated to Philadelphia after receiving his BA in Film from the University of Central Florida. Kyle aspires to a career of filmmaking, writing, and adventure. Kyle has a mild obsession with Quentin Tarantino, coffee, and Corgis. He co-authors the film blog, The Main Squeeze.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Seeing Metallica on an IMAX screen in 3D and hearing them come through the amazing sound systems in IMAX….WOW, what a treat. If you are a Metallica fan DO NOT MISS this opportunity to see the best possible concert experience outside being there in person. The “move” aspect was a fun little adventure, but lets face it, I was there to HEAR Metallica on an amazing sound system.

    The Audio was the highest quality best sounding I have ever hear Metallica (or any other band) in my entire life. The sound was loud yet crystal clear with the ability to hear each individual instrument as if they were performing right in front of you. It was astounding! You will not be disappointed in your ears. Watching this on IMAX you will understand why the MP3 format finally needs to die and we need a much higher quality sound format to do our ears justice! I’m desperately trying to find this album in 192khz FLAC, but no dice…guess I’ll just have to wait for it on Bluray.

    The 3D was equally as good. IMAX 3D is far superior to other theaters, you forget you are wearing glasses and you are completely immersed into the film. It’s so crystal clear that it actually feels as if you are right there. IMAX 3D never fails to disappoint!

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