Movies METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER Review written by Sean Gerber September 27, 2013 If ever there was band that personified modern myth-making in its music, career, presence, and rabid fan following, Metallica is that band. Submitted as evidence, METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER, a head-banging, pulse-pounding, transportive experience like no concert film ever before. There’s a reason Metallica’s movie plays in IMAX while Justin Bieber and One Direction sell matinee popcorn to 12-year-old girls and their moms in standard theaters. Big band, big screen, and massive sound are the essence of THROUGH THE NEVER, as the legendary metal band rifles through a blistering set list including classics like “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Master of Puppets,” and for the KILL ‘EM ALL lovers, “Hit the Lights.” As a veteran of several live Metallica shows, it is astonishing just how effectively the unique, unmatched energy of those concerts was captured. Having many of the band’s classics blasted in IMAX sound was a brand new way to hear songs listened to hundreds of time before. As backdrop to the concert footage, Dane DeHaan (CHRONICLE) plays Trip, a silently enthusiastic Metallica fan who works as roadie and is tasked with retrieving an unknown item for the band from a broken down van somewhere in the city outside of the arena. Before long, Trip finds himself in the middle of an all-out riot. It’s cops versus protestors and both sides seem to be against Trip as he runs from and eventually finds the courage to face his tormentors. The violent scenes outside the venue do not add significantly to the experience. They are, however, a fitting match for the thrashing guitar riffs and the growls from frontman James Hetfield. In no way does Trip’s journey hurt the movie and any audience member can sympathize with the kid just wanting to get back to the arena and watch his favorite band play. METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER is not just as film, like a Metallica show is not just a concert. It is an experience. It should be seen by anyone with any interest in hard rock or heavy metal music. Certainly, no fan of the band should miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Metallica in IMAX. Just be prepared for bruises on your legs from all the unconscious air drumming. METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER Review was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Metallica 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post CONSTANTINE Headed To NBC next post Katniss Takes Aim In The Final Poster For THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE You may also like Warner Bros. Unleashes Godzilla Upon the World December 10, 2013 The Fight for SNOWPIERCER October 22, 2013 STRANGE MAGIC Review January 23, 2015 Spielberg And Hanks Build The BRIDGE OF... June 5, 2015 Open Forum: GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL July 14, 2016 Movie Review: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT January 18, 2014 Open Forum: SELF/LESS July 9, 2015 Trailerpalooza 2015: JURASSIC WORLD Releases New Trailer April 20, 2015 Open Forum: SPY June 4, 2015 What Could Have Been: Brad Bird’s THE... April 19, 2015 Michael Lalaian Having seen Metallica live, head banging at a screen could be kind of odd. Still, I may check this out. Thanks for posting! Sean Gerber I’ve seen Metallica in concert 8 times and this experience was very close to being there. I had no problem at all rocking out inside the theater.