“Metallica Through the Never” is the closest thing moviegoers and Metallica fans will get to experience one of the legendary band’s concerts without forking over a ton of money for it.
As the band gets ready to perform to sold-out Vancouver audience, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is assigned to venture into the underbelly of the city to find a gas-less truck that contains a certain item the band needs. It is easier said than done as Trip embarks on an odyssey to retrieve Metallica’s mysterious object including confrontations with an angry mob, the police and a gas mask-wearing horseman.
The film goes back and forth between the concert and Trip’s journey, but the movie works better without the flimsy narrative portion. At first, it was interesting to see director-writer Nimrod Antal (“Predators”) attempt to make a narrative subplot story that reflect the band’s vision and songs by using some eye-popping visuals like crumbling skyscrapers, it ultimately fails to become nothing more than a distraction to the moviegoers who just want to see Metallica perform.
Despite the incoherent narrative portion of the movie, the main attraction to this film is watching Metallica perform on the big screen. Shot in 3D and using IMAX cameras, Antal manages to capture the essence of the band through their impressive set-list that features some of their greatest hits like “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Memory Remains” and “Master of Puppets” and some impressive stage props that recreates some of the band's iconic album cover like a statue of Lady Justice from "...And Justice for All" and a giant electric chair from "Ride the Lightning." Antal also does a good job in having the sense where to put the multitude of cameras he has at his disposal whether it getting up close to Kirk Hammett shredding away on his guitar or shooting drummer Lars Ulrich in a variety of angles as he pounds away like there is no tomorrow.
“Metallica Through the Never” is a solid concert film that suffers whenever it is focuses attention away from the band. However, Metallica fans will not be disappointed in getting experience the movie in IMAX with a superb image and sound presentation that will make you feel like you are sitting in the front row.
“Metallica Through the Never” opens in South Florida IMAX theaters this Friday. Click here for showtimes.