AGGREGATED ASSAULT!

Free Metal E-Mail









New Users Sign Up

Connect. Befriend. Follow.

Share |



Other swag here
metal rules swag



Metallica
Through The Never (DVD)
November 2013
Released: 2012, Blackened Recordings
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: JP

In the history of Metal-rules.com we have only ever very rarely reviewed the theatrical release of a film. There are a number of reasons for this. Movies are released at different times in different areas by different distributors so a movie that may be playing in the writers city, may not have a wide-theatrical release. Secondly, some of these specialty Metal movies with limited appeal usually only run for a week or two or even for just one screening. Sometimes it is hard to write a review for a movie on the fly with one viewing session. Lastly, the writers has to be a pretty dedicated fan, and really be on top of the scene to see the movie and write a review and get it up before the movie disappeared. For these reasons usually we wait until the DVD comes out. Everyone has it (or can get it) the writer can watch it a couple of times, deadlines aren’t as strict and then there is always the bonus footage.



However, THROUGH THE NEVER is too special of an event to let slip by so I decided to go for it and write a review. I’m sure one of our fine staff will write a review of the DVD when it comes out. The primary footage for the concert/action film movie was shot in Vancouver in 2012 and the film was released on Sept 27th, the 27th anniversary of Cliff Burton’s death. There is a nice synchronicity of those numbers, don’t you think? To the best of my knowledge this is the first movie about a Metal band shot in HD, 3D, IMAX, so the mighty machine that is Metallica has another first. The film was directed by a young shot director Nimrod Antal who has done a few action/horror pics such as Vacancy, Armoured and the recent 2010 Predator reboot. I believe the move was funded by Metallica and cost a mere 18 million. The 'star' is a relatively unknown kid, Dane DeHaan, who did some TV work on Law And Order and the popular HBO Vampire themed series, True Blood.



I’m not the world’s biggest Metallica fan and I had not really planned on seeing this in the theater, again like many people, preferring to get the DVD later. However, the opportunity to see THROUGH THE NEVER fell in my lap, I had a free afternoon while visiting Vancouver, BC, where the film was shot and where I used to live for years. It was nice to be back there. The setting was pretty much perfect to enjoy the film. The theater was empty except for me and two other people. Good for me to watch, maybe bad for the box-office but a Tuesday matinee is not usually prime-time for movies anyway. My anticipation was quite high as I had not seen an Imax film in 20 years and I rarely go to movies (maybe one a year) so 3D is still a cool novelty for me. So I’m set up, dead center, glasses on and ready to rock. What I got was complete and total sonic and visual immersion into an incredible concert/action film. I was completely blown away on all levels.



I can’t even begin to describe it. The film was shot so that you are onstage with the band in the round. The only way to duplicate this would be to be on stage with the band in real life and even that might not have the same sweeping panoramic effect of the multi-camera, multi-angle shots. There have been a few critics who have said the plot is thin, but who cares? Plot is for chick films. It is a concert film with a storyline inter-spliced about a runner on a mission to get something for the band. As the main character moves through the streets of downtown Vancouver (of which I was very familiar and recognized many spots) he encounters increasingly bizarre and hostile resistance from rioters rampaging through the streets. This is very likely a nod to the long and rich history of rioting in Vancouver. From the riots of 1883 (anti-Chinese), 1971 (drugs), 1994 and 2011 (hockey) to commemorating the 10th anniversary of riots at the very same stadium of the Guns ‘n’ Roses tour of 1992, Vancouver is one rocking rioting town. So much for all those peaceful hippies in Vangroovy!



The film becomes increasingly, violent and frightening. Soon as the concert rages on the main character descends into a surreal, dark-horror fantasy realm that is visually stunning. It was not at all what I expected, especially the horror fantasy realm with animated spirit guides, out of body experiences and an apocalyptic horseman, all set amidst the burning rubble, dead bodies and overturned cars in downtown. Dedicated Metallica fans that follow lyrics, may recognize how certain plot scenes are cleverly intertwined with lyrical themes. In terms of songs, the set-list is extremely good, mostly old stuff and the stage show is pretty incredible, the set-design is very impressive with everything from smoking Master Of Puppets crosses to the crumbing Lady Justice to the set ‘breakdown’ back to Garage Days.



Metallica achieved something absolutely extraordinary with this film. I loved it. There is no way the DVD version do it justice, perhaps only a home theater with 3D glasses might do it justice. I’m glad I saw it. It is another triumph for Metallica. I'm glad it broke even and made a few extra million above and beyond production cost. If you get the chance to see it on the big-screen, go for it. You won’t be sorry.
Track Listing

1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Creeping Death
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. Fuel
5. Ride the Lightning
6. One
7. The Memory Remains
8. Wherever I May Roam
9. Cyanide
10. ...and Justice for All
11. Master of Puppets
12. Battery
13. Nothing Else Matters
14. Enter Sandman
15. Hit the Lights
16. Orion

Lineup

NA


Next review: » Metallica - Through The Never (DVD)
Previous review: » Metallica - Live At Grimey's

Metallica
Through The Never (DVD)
March 2015
Released: 2013, Blackened Recordings
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

This might seem like a bit of a duplicate review since I reviewed the film THROUGH THE NEVER when I saw it in the theatre back in 2013, however this DVD has a number of extra features worth discussing including a very generous 3 hours of bonus footage. I also feel that not as many people saw the movie in it's theatrical run for a couple of weeks (it lost millions) and it is more likely that people might be interested in a review of the DVD to aid in their purchase decisions. I loved the film but this review is more about the DVD presentation. Please feel free to read my review of the feature film itself, also found here on Metal-Rules.com.



As with any movie your enjoyment of the feature will likely determine how much time you are willing to spend watching bonus features about it. There are some people who don’t actually want to watch the bonus features as it takes away a bit of the movie making ‘magic’ and the sense of wonder of ‘How did they do that?’. For myself, I really enjoyed THROUGH THE NEVER in the theater so I watched the extra disc.



The main bonus feature is a 77-minute documentary called ‘Hit The Lights-The Making of Through The Never’. It took almost two years to build the design, build, test, transport re-test, modify and eventually play on what is though to be the largest indoor set of all time. Then they had to film the movie in 3-D. The technical aspect was very interesting with all members of the band and countless crew-members and managers getting interviewed. It was a very interesting behind the scenes look at this monster project and gave a glimpse of sheer scale of the Metallica machine.



For the more advanced film fan, there is footage, 30 minutes worth, of a Q&A session with the lead actor, (Dane DeHaan) the band and the director, Nimrod Antal. There are also highlights from the Orion Film fest as well with a very casual Lars Ulrich and key film personnel doing a Q&A session that lasts almost an hour. There are also extended interviews with the sound crew and more. It is pretty in-depth on all levels.

As for the movie itself, it certainly is fun to watch again but at home on the small screen in 2-D just can’t compare with the initial fully immersive, 3-D Imax experience.



Many critics are calling it the best rock and roll movies of all time and comparing it to movies like THE WALL and I have to agree. Three hours of bonus stuff plus the movie make this DVD worth getting, for both Metallica fans and fans of film.
Track Listing

Disc 1

1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Creeping Death
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. Fuel
5. Ride the Lightning
6. One
7. The Memory Remains
8. Wherever I May Roam
9. Cyanide
10. ...and Justice for All
11. Master of Puppets
12. Battery
13. Nothing Else Matters
14. Enter Sandman
15. Hit the Lights
16. Orion

Trailer
Video
Interviews with Crew

Disc 2

Hit The Lights (Documentary) (77 minutes)
Q&A Session (56 minutes)
Q&A Session (29 minutes)

Lineup

James Hetfield Vocals, Guitar
Kirk Hammett Guitar
Robert Trujillo Bass
Lars Ulrich Drums

Contact

N/A


Next review: » Methedras - System Subversion
Previous review: » Metallica - Live At Grimey's





Home | About Metal-Rules.com | Staff | Advertise With Us | Staff Openings | Donations

Content is © 2009-2012 Metal-Rules.com. All Rights Reserved.
Graphics by Hammerblaze studio.