Metallica Through the Never (2013)



Critic Consensus: 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 sent on an urgent mission during Metallica's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. (c) Picturehouse
R (for some violent content and language)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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James Hetfield
as Himself
Kirk Hammett
as Himself
Lars Ulrich
as Himself
Jeremy Raymond
as Waving Guy
Toby Hargrave
as Big Man
Dennis Funny
as Himself - Rioter
Matthew Hoglie
as Audience Member/Rioter
Stephanie Keane Patterson
as Herself - Audience Member
Lindsey Rose Stevens
as Audience Member
Bob Parsons
as Audience Member
Savkovic Nikola
as Audience Member
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Critic Reviews for Metallica Through the Never

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's all very appropriately overblown, and director Antal gives the fireworks as much attention as he does each performer.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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