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Metallica's concert movie is a razzle-dazzle multi-camera spectacle by the Hungarian-American horror film director Nimrod Antal.

Dane Dehaan in a scene from Metallica: Through The Never. Courtesy Carole Segal
Dane Dehaan in a scene from Metallica: Through The Never. Courtesy Carole Segal

Metallica: Through the Never

Director: Nimród Antal

Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammet, Robert Trujillo, Dane DeHaan

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Nine years after exposing themselves as a real-life Spinal Tap in the unwittingly hilarious group-therapy documentary Some Kind of Monster, Metallica take no chances with this state-of-the-art blockbuster concert movie, which is being released in both 3D and Imax formats. Recorded during the superstar thrash-metal quartet’s marathon World Magnetic Tour last year, Through the Never is a razzle-dazzle, multi-camera spectacle featuring high-tech special effects, heavy-duty pyrotechnics and a vast, in-the-round stage that doubles as a gigantic video screen. Woven around the songs, the film has the Hungarian-American horror director Nimród Antal adding a fictional subplot starring Dane DeHaan as a young Metallica roadie sent out on a mid-show errand, which becomes a nightmarish nocturnal odyssey full of graphic violence and zombie-punk riots. Antal cites the Arab Spring uprisings as inspiration, but this hallucinatory ride ultimately feels like a computer-game simulation. Even so, it captures some of the macabre, aggressive, perennially adolescent spirit of Metallica’s music. Shallow but fun.

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