By Braulio Tellez
Metal heads rejoice. Your movie is here.
Nimrod Antal’s “Metallica; Into the never” premiered this month and blew out my ear drums, as well as my perception of the heavy metal concerts.
I wasn’t too familiar with Metallica’s music and had only heard their radio hits, but that didn’t matter. Anyone who is a fan of live music will fall in love with this heavy rocker flick.
The concert takes place inside a sold out sports arena on the brink of one of Metallica’s sold out shows. The film follows the lone member of the cast “Trip”, a young metal head and member of the bands road crew.
As the bands begins their mind melting stage set with the song “Ecstacy Of Gold”, Trip is pulled away from the crowd and handed the task of retrieving a stranded truck in the middle of the city carrying something Metallica needs for the show. He is given a gas container, keys to a van and s quickly sent on his way.
What follows is a twisted and surreal trek fit for any thrasher.
The film has no real plot and instead uses the scripted scenes as a sort of music video to accompany the live stage show. Trip will be heading down a street, suddenly run into an angry mob of metal heads fighting cops in full riot gear, then the movie jumps back to the band pumping out killer guitar solos.
I think viewers should treat the loose mash up of scenes as a compliment to the bigger show and not try to make sense of it, because to be honest, it doesn’t make any sense.
The main attraction is definitely the performance.
“Into The Never” is in IMAX 3D, which only adds to the already awesome experience that is a live Metallica concert.
The band plays in the middle of a nameless football arena on top of an awesome stage made of what looks like dozens of TV screens. The pyro techniques are like something I have never seen in my life. Explosions, lasers, and intricate stage props are jammed throughout the entire performance.
When the band starts playing “Ride the Lightning” a giant electric chair and a huge pair of electric coils are lowered from the ceiling of the arena and start shooting off bolts of lightning, an easy but enjoyable exploit for 3D.
All in all, the movie makes a great statement for the band and its followers. It gives an older generation of Metallica fans something to go nuts about and the new generation a taste of how truly awesome this band is.
A sick 4 out of 5 stars.