If you are anything like me, the music of Metallica helped define your teenage years. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, this band’s music was a constant on my stereo, and as such, helped me through some bad times. With heavy riffs and darkly poetic lyrics, Metallica poured life into me when I thought I wasn’t going to make it. And as a result, I’ve been a huge fan ever since. But imagine my surprise when I heard the band had teamed up with director Nimrod Antal to create a film within one of their concerts! I’ve been a fan of Antal for a while now, and his film PREDATORS is a huge favorite of mine. This collaboration produced one of the greatest concert films ever made, and regardless of whether you are a fan of the band or not, you’ll want to see this!
If you are not familiar with METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Blackened Recordings:
METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is a groundbreaking music-driven motion picture event. The film combines a spectacular concert performance created exclusively for the film and a suspenseful narrative to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience. Emerging young star Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission that turns into a surreal adventure, while Metallica performs its most iconic songs during a roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER features the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and was filmed with state-of-the-art 3-D photography captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. The film is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimrod Antal.
Several bands have used music to tell stories before (i.e. Queensryche with Operation: Mindcrime), but few have ever used an actual concert as the basis for a film. But METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is not just an eye-popping spectacle of raw power…it’s also a riveting and bizarre story that takes young Trip on a journey he’ll never forget. Nor will we, the audience, for that matter.
METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is shot extremely well, and I would daresay it looks amazing. As mentioned above, multiple cameras are used to document the stage performance, and the result is spectacular. The viewer is onstage with the band for almost its entire performance, allowing for full immersion into the concert and giving an experience like no other.
Likewise, Trip’s journey, which is intermixed with the concert, showcases even more expert cinematography. Set against the backdrop of a dark and foreboding landscape, the events that happen outside of the stadium are shocking and filmed in a visionary style. I never once felt like I was watching two separate entities; Trip’s experiences and the concert are woven together like an intricate tapestry, and the final product is nothing short of amazing.
It is this bold and unique experience that truly sets METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER above all other concert films. Despite the excellent soundtrack that features classic Metallica songs like “Creeping Death”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Fuel”, Wherever I May Roam”, “Master of Puppets”, and so many others, the originality of this movie alone makes it a must-own. Regardless of whether you are a new fan or an old veteran of the band’s music, pick this up today. And be sure to snag it on Blu-ray for the out-of-this-world sound and picture quality. You won’t regret it.