Metallica

Metallica Through the Never

There is no need to explain who Metallica is. They’ve been around long enough to transition from being the thundering rock musicians whose tracks your parents made you turn down to being parents themselves, and no doubt shouting at their kids to turn their music up. What Metallica hasn’t really done in quite some time is surprise us. The S&M album was a beautiful experiment, but Metallica had become the one thing a groundbreaking metal band with designs on immortality-like longevity could ill-afford to be: ubiquitous. Conventional wisdom would suggest that it would take more than a concert video to rejuvenate this group and return them boldly to the limelight. And conventional wisdom would be entirely correct, but thankfully Metallica Through the Never is indeed more than a concert video. Directed by Nimród Antal, Metallica Through The Never intertwines concert footage with a scripted genre narrative. The catalog of Metallica hits performed during the concert provides the appropriate underscore for the fictional portion of the film. In the narrative, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is sent across town during the Metallica show to retrieve a necessary item from a stranded truck. The particulars of the item in question, and the reason for the truck’s disablement, are safely filed away under MacGuffin. What is exceedingly more important than the details is the devil. In this case, a death-mongering hellrider harvesting victims among a rioting, increasingly more murderous horde; the apocalypse coming on so fast as to have seemingly been […]

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