Metallica: Through the Never

Metallica: Through the Never

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Metallica, a legion of their fans and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) star in this concert film shot in IMAX that "marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative". DeHaan plays a roadie sent out on a mission that turns into a surreal adventure, during a roaring Metallica arena concert (staged and shot exclusively for the film). From Nimród Antal, director of Predators, who co-writes alongside the four members of the band themselves.

2013Rating: R13, Violence and offensive language93 minsUSA
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Metallica: Through the Never | Reviews

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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

The opening minutes of Metallica: Through the Never make it abundantly apparent that this is not a traditional concert film. Immediately looking like a million bucks, the film shows strong cinematic, rather than documentary, qualities as lead character Trip (Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan) is introduced. A roadie for the band, he’s returning to the arena they’re playing as he passes Metallica members in cameos that further distance Through the Never from vérité music docs – horror enthusiast Kirk Hammett dealing with a bleeding guitar, Robert Trujillo doing his ridiculous crab-walk bass-playing in a backstage chamber that shakes the auditorium.

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Variety

Variety

A definitive document for anyone who’s ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.

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Total Film

Total Film

It’s a histrionic distraction from the band doing their thing. Watch "Some Kind Of Monster" instead.

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Time Out

Time Out

Maybe because the band enjoyed raves for its daring 2004 psychodrama, Some Kind of Monster, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Despite swooping camera movements and elaborate stagecraft, the film produces detachment rather than immediacy.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

In between songs there's a movie within a movie as Dane DeHaan silently takes on the forces of anarchy on behalf of the band. Awesome.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Even at its goofiest, Through The Never brings back the communal appeal of those early concert films, which were often just a way for young fans to bond with other young fans over the music of entertainers who seemed to understand what they really wanted.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle. It is a blow-out banquet for Metallica fans, and a blockbuster rock-and-rollercoaster ride for any heavy metal tourists curious to see this music played at major-league level.

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Metallica: Through the Never | Release Details

Metallica: Through the Never is available to stream in New Zealand now on Apple TV.