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By John Delia
Sep 26, 2013 04:20 PM EST

Metallica: Through the Never Theatrical Review

A ‘metal’ experience for those who like their music loud and lyrics outspoken.
Metallica: Through the Never Theatrical Review
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One of the most amazing films on music Metallica Through the Never comes to the IMAX screen and it's a musical experience to remember.  Not just for metalheads, this show bangs out messages while Metallica plays the groups most memorable titles.  I'm not a heavy metal follower, but in IMAX and 3D the experience blows your mind while a dreamlike quest gets played out on the screen during intervals of the concert.

The group features co-founders James Hetfield guitar and vocals, Lars Ulrich on drums who formed Metallica in the early 1980's that now includes Kirk Hammett on lead guitar and Robert Trujillo bassist.  The continuous driving beat from drummer Ulrich keeps the tempo for the guitars and base to follow in a frenzied continuous motion for what seems unending sets. Singer Hetfield belts out the lyrics like a piper calling his flock to chant along with him to keep away the evil of greed, political control, war and injustice.  The stage features props that tie in with the music and during one song the female Statue of Justice gets erected piece by piece and in a fury that feels like an earthquake gets destroyed.

If you read my reviews on a regular basis you probably know I am an avid action film follower.  Here's where Metallica and I connect.  Most action films use hard rock and metal during most of the exciting scenes to ramp up what's taking place on the screen.  Bands like Metallica (Zombieland), Black Sabbath (Iron Man), Megadeth (Wes Craven's Shocker), Slayer (Less Than Zero), Guns N' Roses (Terminator 2), and Iron Maden (Murder by Numbers) have been featured in most all your favorite action titles. Music matters in a film and Metallica Through the Never with the IMAX speakers pounding the high pitched guitars, throbbing bass and blasting of the drums it becomes a mesmerizing and magical event.

To help the film's song meanings there's an action adventure being played out at intervals between songs. A new roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan) gets hired and he arrives at the concert venue just before show time.  Walking into the auditorium after the band has set up he becomes awestruck at seeing them getting ready for the night. The auditorium fills in a flurry of fast motion.  As he's about to sit, his boss comes to him with an assignment to pick up a duffel bag for the band at a stranded truck in the city.  With that we are treated to his adventure of escaping mob violence, police intervention and political dissidence by protesters, all accompanied by Metallica songs that pertain to his journey.  

The film actually needs no description for this group's followers who have been nodding their heads and stomping the floor for over three decades.  The sound track that includes The Ecstasy of Gold, Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fuel, Ride the Lightning, One, The Memory Remains, Wherever I May Roam, Cyanide, ...And Justice for All, Master of Puppets, Battery, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Hit the Lights, Orion, cherry picks the groups most famous albums.  I even recognize a few numbers, probably from the days of my youth when my friends would drag me to an ear busting club on Miami's South Beach.

Metallica Through the Never has been rated R by the MPAA for some violent content and language. The IMAX 3D at select theaters starting on September 27th is the best way to see this film. But, for those who cannot scrape up the additional cost for the huge screen experience, theaters will be showing the film in regular formats starting October 4th.

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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes
Distributed By: Picturehouse

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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business over his lifetime from writing for newspapers to film making. He has been a film critic for many years and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. John is also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) which is comprised of more than 40 journalists working in the print, radio and online media. Read more reviews and content by .

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