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  • Summary: An IMAX 3D film featuring a never-before-seen live-performance by Metallica created exclusively for the film and a suspenseful narrative about Trip (Dane DeHaan), a young roadie for Metallica, who is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 26, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    Sep 26, 2013
    One drawback: While the swooping and careening visuals capture the depth and darkness of an arena experience, the sound doesn’t. As burly as the acoustics in a theater may be, they’re spindly compared to the sucker-punch fans prize at an actual Metallica concert. Luckily — for its visuals alone — “Through the Never” has enough grit and power to deserve two fists up.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Guarino
    Sep 26, 2013
    In this film, Metallica elevates headbanging to matters of the head that will consume the viewer long after the fade to black.
  4. Reviewed by: Raoul Hernandez
    Sep 25, 2013
    The Song Remains the Same. There, said it – as will every other rock & roll fanatic considering Metallica: Through the Never.
  5. 63
    Since the movie’s street side dream doesn’t add much more than a gimmicky “interpretation” of their sound, you’re left with a deafening dirge –well-played, but really, no improvement on your basic concert film.
  6. Reviewed by: August Brown
    Sep 26, 2013
    The problem is that Antal and Metallica took two different movies — a fine live-band document and a supernatural end-of-days romp — and smashed them together to make both of them more boring.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 24, 2013
    The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    Amazing concert footage filled with state of the art sound and 3D, while using it beautifully. the band is on fire and they are at the top of their game. This is all mixed with a story line full of symbolism about human nature and a young man's trip (pun intended) into his own subconscious. Definitely recommended for Metallica or heavy metal fans and anyone who likes new things and live music. Expand
  2. Lom
    Sep 29, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Here in Ukraine, I had such a great opportunity to see Metallica almost live in the real arena. Something that does usually happen here. I think that everything was made with a good sense of style and no cheese. Really I have nothing bad to say about the movie. All is great. The best part for was the credits part in the end with them playing Orion for the empty arena. Very, very touching. Couldn't help not thinking about the tragic loss of Cliff. Thanks, Metallica for this risky try using only your resources. Hope it will be fully paid off. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    One of the best movies ever made. First the tecnical side. Saw this at the IMAX 3D screen in Sheffield England. The sound was amazing, clear and sharp and so loud that i was told that this was the first movie to break the speakers and had to be fixed. And the 3D, OH MY GOD, it was the best 3D film that i have ever seen. It really felt that toy were there it was that good. Just wished that all 3D films were that good. The clarity was amazing. But the movie itself was better than i was hoping for. The concert bits were really enjoyable being a Metallica fan iloved it all. And the surreal storyline that leaves you thinking WHAT! was as good as the concert bits. This movie is better then the Some kind of monster documentary that they did. So inclosing if you are a Metallica fan, a metal fan or just want to see something interesting then go see this movie because it will not have the same impact on DVD that it has on a IMAX 3D screen. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2013
    If you need louder sound go to control panel, sound, adjust system volume, speakers, enhancements, equalizer, powerful its the loudest setting.

    The Movie Was Fantastic!
  5. Sep 27, 2013
    Dane DeHaan plays Trip, a skateboard-and-hoodie type, tasked with picking up a mysterious bag left behind by the band earlier in the day. His surreal trip across the city, interrupted by car crashes, riots and more, functions as both a linking device and a music-video accompaniment to the set. DeHaan looks like Alden Ehrenreich, who in turns looks like Leonardo DiCaprio, which is a nice prize in the genetic lottery.
    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. The music which, as I mentioned, I love.
  6. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    It's pretty impressive how they made this film, although, I tend to lower a movie's rating when the movie was not what I expected, and that's why I rated this a 7. Expand
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    This movie is basically just a filmed concert, with a few extra special effects. Nothing more to add, really. No meaningful plot, no distinctive visuals. If you love Metallica songs or at least hard rock, and you feel perfectly fine about listening them for 1.5 hours, then this movie is for you. If not well, you better not waste your money on it. Also, the movie wins almost nothing from 3D, so you can watch it in 2D without losing anything (if such version exists). Expand

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