Metallica Through the Never

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Metallica Through the Never
Metallica Through the Never film.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byNimród Antal
Produced byCharlotte Huggins
Written byNimród Antal
Metallica
StarringDane DeHaan
Metallica
Music byMetallica
CinematographyGyula Pados
Editing byJoe Hutshing
StudioBlackened Recordings
Distributed byPicturehouse
Release dates
  • September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) (United States - IMAX)
  • October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (United States)
  • October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) (Australia)
Running time93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million[2]
Box office$21,196,967[2][3]
 
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Metallica Through the Never
Metallica Through the Never film.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byNimród Antal
Produced byCharlotte Huggins
Written byNimród Antal
Metallica
StarringDane DeHaan
Metallica
Music byMetallica
CinematographyGyula Pados
Editing byJoe Hutshing
StudioBlackened Recordings
Distributed byPicturehouse
Release dates
  • September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) (United States - IMAX)
  • October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (United States)
  • October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) (Australia)
Running time93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million[2]
Box office$21,196,967[2][3]

Metallica Through the Never is a 2013 American IMAX thriller concert film featuring the American thrash metal band Metallica. The film shares its name with the song "Through the Never" from the band's 1991 black album; the feature follows young Trip's (Dane DeHaan) surreal adventure during an urgent mission he is sent out on, sewn together with concert footage from a set of concerts Metallica held in Vancouver, August 2012.

Through the Never was the first film to be released under New Line Cinema's revived Picturehouse marquee, which had been shuttered in 2008.

Plot[edit]

Thrash metal band Metallica is set to perform a concert in a large arena. A young stagehand named Trip (Dane DeHaan) joins the crowd, but is soon pulled out by his superior and sent on an errand to take a jerry can of fuel to a truck belonging to the band's entourage, which has run out of fuel in an underpass.

Trip takes a pill and starts his journey in his beat-up van through the desolate streets of the city. During his journey, he notices increasingly unsettling signs of destruction. After running a red light, his van is broadsided by a speeding car. When he regains consciousness, he finds that the other driver is standing nearby, dazed, but soon flees. It becomes clear that the city is in the middle of a riot, and Trip is soon caught between the crowd and the riot police. He encounters the leader of the riot, a masked horseman with a giant mallet, who lassos people and hangs them from lampposts. After throwing a brick at the rider, Trip is forced to flee when the rider singles him out.

Trip eventually finds the broken-down truck, with the catatonic driver sitting in the cab. He opens the cargo door to find nothing but a duffel bag, the contents of which, while not being revealed to the viewer, shock him. The rioters catch up with him and chase him through the city until he is eventually cornered. Trip drops the bag, pours the contents of the jerry can over himself, sets himself on fire and rushes the crowd, who soon overpower him.

He awakens on the roof of a building and is attacked by the rider, but he snatches the hammer and hits the rider with it. As the two face off, Trip uses the giant hammer to slam the ground, sending destructive shockwaves across the city. When the rider rushes him, Trip slams the ground one more time, shattering the rider and his horse into dust and sending out another shockwave, which causes accidents back at the arena, destroying much of the equipment, injuring crew members and forcing the band to stop playing. After assessing the damage, the band decides to continue the show by playing "Hit the Lights" with some ad-hoc lighting and backup amplifiers.

During the end credits, Metallica plays "Orion" in the empty arena, with only an exhausted Trip in the audience. The final shot is of the duffel bag, whose contents are never revealed.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The band made a surprise appearance in Detroit at the Orion Music + More Festival under the name Dehaan, after lead actor Dane DeHaan, to promote the film by playing their debut album, Kill 'Em All, in its entirety.[4]

Through the Never made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

The film was released in IMAX theaters across the United States on September 27, 2013,[6] the 27th anniversary of former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton's death, before being rolled out to normal cinemas in 3D the week after (October 4).

Reception[edit]

Prior to the release, early reviews of the film have been positive. The film currently has a 78% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "Imaginatively shot and edited, Metallica Through the Never is an electrifying, immersive concert film, though its fictional sequences are slightly less assured."[7]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the film "a full-throttle expression of rock & roll anarchy", and encouraged readers not to understand the plot, but to "live" it.[8]

Peter Rugg of The Village Voice writes that the film is "the most immersive concert film ever."[9]

Chris Tilly of IGN delivered a positive review as well, stating that it "features several truly incredible live performances that are worth the price of admission alone. Metallica fans will love the music, while everyone else can enjoy the amazing visuals in this unique concert movie."[10]

Music[edit]

The official soundtrack for Through the Never was released on September 24, 2013 via Blackened Recordings.[11] The album has charted in several countries.

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