“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire!” The thrash-metal gods we all know as Metallica released their concert film, Through the Never in U.S. 3D IMAX theaters this past weekend (Friday, October 4th will debut in all theaters) after revealing about a year ago that a 3D movie was in the works. Personally, I did not want to watch a concert wearing 3D glasses, but trust me, this is an experience that you definitely want to have a part of.
Through the Never circles around Dane DeHaan’s (Chronicle, Lawless) character Trip, Metallica’s roadie and go-to guy. Trip and the band’s production and technical team prepare for what will be one of Metallica’s biggest concerts of all time. Trip is sent on a mission to retrieve precious cargo for Met’s big show and is only given a 5-gallon gas can and a map that leads to the location of the goods. What seems to be a quick and easy job for Trip takes a turn for the worst as he encounters unbelievable obstacles that deters him from finding the cargo. Almost like he’s in a different world.
What makes this film enjoyable is while Trip is on his journey, the tone and intensity of the film changes as Metallica is performing at their concert (in which their music is overlain during Trip’s scenes). Each sequence of Trip has a change in pace and meaning from Metallica’s music. For instance, “…And Justice for All (And Justice For All) exclaims the fall of liberty and justice. During this explosive track, Trip witnesses justice crumbling right in front of him while being caught in the middle of a riot between the bad and the worse.
One thing that I will note about this movie is that it will not be for everyone. What I mean by this is that rock, metal, and of course Metallica fans, are the film’s main audience. All throughout the movie features a vicious playlist of Metallica’s greats from the past 30 years as they are performing live in front of a sold out crowd for this one night only event. On the other hand, movie-goers who could care less about the music will definitely enjoy the many special effects that Through the Never displayed. From tombstone crosses rising on-stage during “Master of Puppets” to the tesla electric chair dropping from the ceiling during “Ride the Lightning,” this was pure genius and creativity at it’s best. This is where seeing it in 3D comes into play. Mesmerizing light shows, fire, various interactive props and more display the full potential of what a 3D movie should be.
In my opinion, Through the Never was created to show Metallica’s reign of the metal universe. Let’s backtrack a bit speaking of the movie’s plot and special effects of the film again. Without spoiling much of the film, Trip encounters many antagonists preventing him to reach the band’s secret cargo, forced to take matters into his own hands and defend himself in ways unimaginable. The apocalyptic disaster around him simultaneously effects Metallica’s stage throughout the concert – lights, microphones, props, sound equipment – all seem to be faulty; “but in the end, nothing else matters” – respectively from Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” Even through the worst of the worst, the metal veterans have only stuck around and have done what they do best, bring the classic thrash-metal sound that we have all come to know and love with a stellar performance.
At times, however, there was a bit of confusion with Trip’s story that left a lot of the audience in a bit of a daze. His judgement was questionable as well as his random placement throughout the movie . With that being said, I try to give it the benefit of the doubt because it is a concert-film, not an action movie. Nonetheless, the main purpose of the film was to show another bad-ass performance from one of rock and metal’s legendary bands.
Metallica has done it again. This time, from a different approach. Very different from their past documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” this concert-film was a fun ride to experience in 3D and in IMAX. I highly recommended watching Through the Never in IMAX to get the true feel from the sound of the music with the mixture of epic sound effects that is guaranteed to get the fans UNHINGED! Fans will catch themselves headbanging and thinking about a mosh-pit while listening to our metal gods. Escape with Metallica “through the never.”
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