Metallica Through the Never (2013) Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo Movie Review

Metallica Through the Never (2013)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

93 Minutes of Metallica

Whilst Metallica work through their set as they put on a rock concert, Trip (Dane DeHaan), a roadie with the band, is sent on a mission to a tour bus which ran out of gas to bring back the bus and an important package on it. Sounds simple enough but it ends up anything but as he finds himself in a surreal nightmare with a deadly horseman trying to kill him as he makes it across the city.

Many moons again I was into Metallica and quite a few other heavy metal bands, but I have more than doubled in age since those days and my attempt at growing my hair out has long become a distant memory as has my vinyl collection of heavy metal. It is because of that once love of heavy metal that I thought I would give "Metallica Through the Never" as I thought I was getting a movie which cleverly interweaved some concert footage in to the mix as part of a story. I was wrong as "Metallica Through the Never" is basically a recording of a Metallica concert with some weak storyline chucked in between to dupe unknowing audiences into watching.

The thing is that when it becomes apparent that "Metallica Through the Never" is little more than concert footage it quickly separates the Metallica fans from just the movie fans. As such three songs in and I had started to have enough and whilst the camera work of the band performing was impressive, clearly maximising the use of 3D to try and bring the stage to life, it wasn't for me. In many ways the bits of surreal storyline which are tossed in-between are there for the same reason, to entertain through the use of 3D which I wonder whether those who watch as Metallica fans were that bothered by these bits either.

What this all boils down to is that if you are a fan of Metallica then "Metallica Through the Never" should be a joy to watch especially if you watch it in 3D. But for those who watch purely because they are movie fans are likely going to struggle with the slim storyline which fills in in-between all the concert footage.