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Metallica Through the Never (2013)

R | | Music | 4 October 2013 (USA)
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Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

Director:

Nimród Antal

Writers:

Nimród Antal (screenplay by), James Hetfield (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane DeHaan ... Trip
James Hetfield ... Self
Lars Ulrich ... Self
Kirk Hammett ... Self
Robert Trujillo ... Self
Kyle Thomson Kyle Thomson ... The Rider
Toby Hargrave ... Big Man
Mackenzie Gray ... Tall Man
Peter Bryant ... Car Crash man
Hrothgar Mathews ... Truck Driver
Jeremy Raymond Jeremy Raymond ... Waving Man
Fraser Aitcheson ... Police
Ed Anders ... Police
Brett Armstrong Brett Armstrong ... Police
Charlie Attrill Charlie Attrill ... Police
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Storyline

A young Metallica roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) embarks on an apocalyptic journey through a decimated urban landscape as the band plays to a sold-out arena crowd in this high-concept concert film from director Nimrod Antal (Predators). As the band takes the stage before thousands of screaming fans, Trip is informed that a driver tasked with delivering a crucial item has gotten stranded on the other side of the city. It's his job to recover it, but getting there won't be easy because as the elaborate concert gets underway, rioters and police begin clashing in the streets. The city is burning, and a mysterious, masked figure on horseback is thriving on the chaos. When Trip incurs the wrath of the ruthless, hammer-wielding psycho and his marauding gang, he realizes that he may not live long enough to complete his mission. Meanwhile, the show must go on, and Metallica thrills the crowd with a thunderous collection of classics that include "Creeping Death", "Ride the Lightning", "Master ...

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Experience Metallica like never before

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Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metallica: Through the Never See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,576,561, 29 September 2013

Gross USA:

$3,419,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,975,812
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Metallica starts off every concert with Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone. Also in this, movie, Metallica enters on stage with Ecstasy of Gold playing. See more »

Goofs

When Trip has found the bag, he opens it to find out what is inside. A few moments later, when he tries to run from the angry mob, the bag is still open. In the next shot, running towards the high fence, the bag is closed. It would have been impossible for him to close the bag while running. See more »

Quotes

Trip: [the only time his voice is heard] Hey! Hey!
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Crazy Credits

Metallica plays during the entire end credits. Images of Metallica playing in an empty arena alternate with the credits. After a while, Trip enters the arena to watch them play. See more »

Connections

Edited into Metallica: Master of Puppets (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Fuel
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett (as Hetfield'/Urich/Hammett)
Performed by Metallica
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A truly magnificent, astonishingly ambitious project
19 September 2013 | by gordlawsSee all my reviews

Before anyone starts going off-topic in the comments, yes, I'm a fan. I also understand the irony of starting with that statement. My point: this is a review of a cinema experience. An outstanding one. Made more exciting to me because it happens to be by and about my favourite band. This is NOT a discussion of the merits of said band's existence. Although it will strike a mighty blow for Metallica when those arguments do inevitably come up, hopefully elsewhere. Moving swiftly along...

This is just a truly mind-blowing sensory overload. Never has a band showcased their live performance with such an ambitious, technical, multi-sensory project. I wouldn't have even thought it possible. They don't just use the handy 3D technology to add gimmick to the next in a long line of live video releases. No. Metallica have pushed the boundaries of the technology itself, and added dimensions to what we see as possible within the realm of 3D cinema.

I had the privilege of chatting with Lars about this when they played some shows here in March, and he described it as their "attempt to truly showcase what they do and who they are." Man, does this emphatically succeed.

The stage is a kind of mutant super-setup, comprising video screens, pyro, tesla coils and the best parts of everything they've ever done in their live shows. As the audience, you're in/on/under/part-of the stage, alongside the band, in glorious 3D.

And, it's tasteful. In as much as Metallica at their tightest, hardest, loudest, biggest and fiercest can be "tasteful."

As for the little story within what is really the best ever technical and technological presentation of a rock concert, it's a lovely compliment to the energy of the performance itself. I don't wanna give-away too much, but as the show begins, a young roadie is sent on an errand. Things go badly (surreally and beautifully) wrong. It's not just exhilarating, but wonderfully interwoven with the songs and the "storylines" within them.

I'm proud to have seen Metallica live seven times. I count this as the eighth. And it probably ranks fourth amongst those eight live (or, in this case, damn-near live) experiences. Truly, truly mind-blowing.

Metallica have truly - and astonishingly - documented what they do and why they are the very best there's ever been at doing it.

Essential for fans, and absolutely worthwhile for all but the most hateful of heavy music in general. Bravo.


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