Between the complete chaos of vans flipping, riots breaking out, stages falling apart and people catching fire, all set to the music of one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica’s latest movie, “Metallica Through the Never,” twists and turns through a metaphoric story that is told from the stage and through the eyes of a roadie named Trip.
The movie follows Trip, a roadie played by Dane DeHaan, who is asked by a representative of Metallica to go find something in the city that has “great value” to the band.
During his journey, Trip is involved in a car accident, finds himself in the middle of a riot and lights himself on fire.
From the opening song of the concert, “Creeping Death,” to the final song, “Hit the Lights,” Metallica (James Hetfield on vocals, Lars Ulrich on drums, Kirk Hammett on lead guitar and Robert Trujillo on bass) plays a menagerie of their staple songs, including: “Master of Puppets,” Battery,” “One,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Enter Sandman.”
The IMAX 3D concert footage is crisp and follows everything from the inside of Ulrich’s drum set to close-up shots of Hetfield growling into the microphone. The camera angles give you the ability to feel like you are in the crowd as well as on the stage as a roadie while setting up spectacular stage props like the iconic “…And Justice For All” statue featured on the cover of the band’s fourth studio album of the same name.
The stage itself proves to be a large part of the show. Its iconic size, odd shape and technical aspects allows the stage to change colors, show video and change props instantly, from tombstones to explosions with masterful pyrotechnics.
When the band plays the song “Ride the Lightning,” an electrical chair above the stage becomes surrounded by simulated lightning, created by the stage crew. There is also a point in the movie where the stage comes to life and starts moving its arms like a “robot in disguise.”
Many of the trials and tribulations that Metallica has gone through over the past 35 years were depicted in some way through the movie. Ironically, the movie’s opening day, Sept. 27, was the 27th anniversary of Cliff Burton’s death. Burton was the bass player for Metallica early on and was killed in a bus accident while on tour with Metallica in 1986.
“Metallica Through the Never” is an ass-kicking movie that will have you throwing horns to the heavy metal riffs and tunes of Metallica and possibly getting up to start a circle pit with a bunch of your friends. In other words, keep your lighters at home.
A soundtrack that includes the entire set list of the movie was released on Sept. 24, and can be purchased on iTunes.
“Metallica Through the Never” opened this past weekend on IMAX screens only, and will open nationwide on Oct. 4.