SURREY — Even for non-fans, Metallica's new Through the Never movie is a thrilling concert-viewing experience, especially in the IMAX 3D environment.
The quartet's songs explode from the big screen in director Nimrod Antal's 94-minute epic, a polarizing display of Metallica's magnetism in concert.
At the start, cameras zoom in on B.C. Place Stadium – not Rogers Arena, scene of the band's three-night stand during filming. WTF?
Vancouver figures prominently in the film, including street scenes in which a baby-faced roadie (a ringer for Leonardo DiCaprio, circa Titanic) is sent on an adventure to gas up some mystery vehicle. The clueless guy crashes his rusty old van, stumbles upon bodies hanging from lamp posts, encounters rioting thugs and deals with other bloody distractions – and the scenes really do distract from the music. More concert, please.
The performance scenes are truly exhilarating as Metallica rips through classics such as "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman." Much head-banging ensues, and, in the theatre, audiences are transported to stage-side seats.
My son, 8, has become a bit of a Metallica fan in recent months, and he was thrilled by Through the Never, although he too could have done without the creepy scenes.
"Awesome – best movie ever!" he exclaimed after the credits rolled. Well, not quite, in my opinion – but definitely worth checking out.
Locally, Through the Never is playing at SilverCity Riverport, in the Steveston area of Richmond.
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