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Metallica Through the Never (2013)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 14

Imaginatively shot and edited, Metallica Through the Never is an electrifying, immersive concert film, though its fictional sequences are slightly less assured.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6

Imaginatively shot and edited, Metallica Through the Never is an electrifying, immersive concert film, though its fictional sequences are slightly less assured.



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Award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) creates a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event, Metallica Through the Never. The music-driven feature film combines a bold narrative and spectacular live-performance footage of one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history to produce a bracing, raw andvisceral cinematic experience. Emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) portrays Trip, a young roadie

Jan 28, 2014


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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (14)

Even as someone who finds Metallica's music silly (ditto the movie's incoherent apocalyptic fantasy sequences), I was floored by much of the visual imagination.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's all very appropriately overblown, and director Antal gives the fireworks as much attention as he does each performer.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Metallica is as fierce and intense as ever, and the greatest hits set the band performs is a barrage of heavy riff-age that captures the band at its most vital.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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In the real world, concerts build to a climax, then return for two or three more; on the screen, alas, "Metallica: Through the Never" just kind of peters out.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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It's all very handsomely arranged, but even with the concert footage, nothing ever feels live.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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Two films wrangling for dominance and neither finding the purchase necessary to succeed.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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If Through the Never's attempts at creating a story-and-performance hybrid are only partially successful...its concert footage remains its prime selling point and strength.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If Through the Never was a straight ahead concert film it would be a masterpiece of heavy metal showmanship. Yet this is a two headed beast, with one side charging forward while the other is sitting lame in a state of morose confusion.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Metallica fans may find the concert footage of this worshipful semi-documentary worthwhile.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Incorporating props, visual effects, lasers and pyro in eye-popping fashion, it eventually starts to seem like an enormous 3D version of a backdrop from Guitar Hero.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

Solely for hardcore Metallica fans, a 3D spectacular, immersive thrash metal music experience

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Metallica Through the Never succeeds as an enthralling and visceral concert movie experience but fails to use the medium for a deeper level of artistic appreciation.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

"Metallica Through the Never" is an experience best seen and heard in IMAX. It will blow you away.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

A bold attempt to pimp a Metallica concert film falls short of initial promise.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An exhilarating and immersive Metallica concert film twinned with a dark, trippy narrative following a roadie named Trip who pops a pill and goes on a mission to find a mysterious package.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This is a lame shaggy-dog narrative, and there's no one to blame but Metallica, who authorised Through the Never and take producing and writing credits.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Watch Some Kind Of Monster instead.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A gigantic spectacle, a virtual-reality experience that is both ridiculous and sublime, sometimes in the same moment.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

This is the Metallica that Metallica wants you to remember. Larger than life, over-the-top and supremely powerful...

September 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's one of the most unexpectedly enjoyable cinematic experiences of the year, even if you couldn't pick a Metallica track out of some hypothetical never-ending playlist.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The result is what every concert movie strives for -- the sense of being there, but with a far better view than you could ever actually afford. And the roadie's tale, while not the most meaningful plot, makes an excellent counterpoint to the music.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
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Audience Reviews for Metallica Through the Never

An over-the-top though very entertaining concert Metallica concert brought to life through the eyes of a stage crew member (Dane DeHaan) who begins to not be able to tell what reality is anymore, thus suffering apocalyptic hallucinations that threaten to spill over into the show. Admittedly, I am a huge, huge Metallica fan, so the concert itself is pretty great. However, the subplot involving DeHaan fails pretty hard, to the point where it is just utter nonsense. Still, when the focus is on the show and the visuals Metallica puts on display, it is impressive and enamoring. In the end, it feels unbalanced and confused as to what it wants to be, and the result is a mixed bag.
July 6, 2014
Dan Schultz

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A roadie goes on a mysterious errand during a Metallica concert. The parallel narrative successfully breaks up the tedium of pure concert footage, but it's basically just a 90 minute music video that will be a must-see for fans of the band and of little interest to others. To me, every Metallica song sounds like a man furiously yelling at his malfunctioning washing machine.
February 21, 2014
Greg S

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Awesome, brilliant concert by Metallica, Through the Never is what a music film should be. Featuring an intense live performance by Metallica, this is a highly engaging and very unique film experience. Even if you're not familiar with the band's music, or are a fan of the band itself, Through The Never is a surreal experience one that has the power to divide its audience. With a blistering heavy metal soundtrack that sets the pace for this concert, Through The Never is a must see experience for metal fans and rock fans alike. Nowadays, I must confess that my opinion on Metallica has been varied. I really enjoyed Death Magnetic, but hated their collaboration with Lou Reed; nonetheless, they always seem to redeem themselves. Through The Never is that redemption. This will surely appeal to the fans of the band, and Metallica plays several classics here. There is a subplot of a roadie on the search of a satchel for the band, but is never fully elaborated upon. But it doesn't matter, the band performs well, and delivers a hard hitting set, and you couldn't ask for a better concert film. The visuals are great as well, and the film is a truly unique experience from start to finish. For any fan of this music style, this is a must see. For me, as a metalhead, Through The New is an accomplished film that definitely exceeded my expectations. When I originally heard about this film, I didn't know what to expect, but director Nimrod Antal has made the finest film of his career, and quite possibly the finest concert film in many years, at least since Iron Maiden's Flight 666.
January 21, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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two stars
January 9, 2014
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