Metallica: Through the Never: movie review

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Helplessly, fans of metal’s still-reigning kings will tune up their air guitars for this poundingly loud 3-D IMAX concert film, easily the best of its kind. Captured over five Canadian shows from its 2012 tour, Metallica can be seen in peak form, thrashing out a set heavy on selections from the classic first four albums (including the recently revived title track from …And Justice for All, a complex ten-minute shredder). Arguably, the band has never been as tight as it is with lurking bassist Robert Trujillo; director Nimród Antal knows exactly where to place his roving camera to sop up every double-pedal drum flurry and wailing solo.

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. But the intrusions are few, and there’s creativity within the concert itself: A mike shorts out, a bank of lights crashes down on technicians (Metallica comes this close to orchestrating its own Altamont), and a huge statue is toppled. Block those Spinal Tap allusions.

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Release details

Rated: R
Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nimród Antal
Screenwriter: Nimród Antal, Kirk Hammett
Cast: Kirk Hammett
Dane DeHaan
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Robert Trujillo
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Satin

The most fun I've had at the movies, ever. The concert sounded incredible! Guitars were massive and the drums were super punchy. Probably the most powerful snare sound i've ever heard. The 3D shots of the stage show looked stunning, not like 2 dimensional layers piled on top of each other like some 3D movies. Each of the narrative scenes tied in nicely with the concert footage and the transitions between the two were done beautifully. Truly a masterful work of art with a heavy dose of brutality. Metal to the core, simply awesome!