Most concert movies are pretty cut-and-dry in their approach, in terms of how they glorify their musician/musical group subject and attempt to make them seem relatable at the same time (example: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never). Recent additions to the (genre?) have attempted to mix things up in… curious ways – like having the cast of Glee remain in character throughout the Glee: The 3D Concert Movie – and the upcoming Metallica Through the Never will go even further, by weaving a full-blown fictional narrative into the mix.
Metallica features 3D footage of the iconic heavy metal band performing live for a sold-out arena, in combination with a fictional storyline that revolves around their band crew member, Trip (Dane DeHaan), undertaking a mission for the band when “he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.” DeHaan, of course, is an up-and-comer, thanks to his acclaimed performances in films like Chronicle and The Place Beyond the Pines; in addition, he will portray Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next year.
Writing and directing duties on the 3D Metallica concert flick were given to Nimród Antal, the award-winning Hungarian filmmaker whose Hollywood offerings include the (forgettable) Kate Beckinsale suspence-thriller Vanacy and Predators (which Robert Rodriguez recruited Antal to direct). He joins people like Jon M. Chu – who made the Justin Bieber concert movie before he directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation – and Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat) on the list of directors who’ve attempted to create a more memorable concert movie in recent years.
Truth be told, though, all this film really calls for is someone who knows how to make everything look professional and decent in 3D, which Antal is qualified to do. Chances are, if you’re planning to check this flick out in theaters, it’s solely to see and hear Metallica in a theater setting (the storyline featuring DeHaan is probably of secondary concern, at best).
Look for Metallica Through the Never in U.S. theaters on August 9th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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