METALLICA was on hand this past weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA to talk about their new movie, Metallica Through the Never, which hits IMAX 3D theaters on September 27th and theaters everywhere on October 4th.
When it came time to dig into the story behind the movie, drummer Lars Ulrich told Radio.com, “You know what, I’ve spent three years working on this movie and I don’t have any idea what it means.”
Ulrich laughed, understanding that the answer left to much to be desired so he launched into a description of the film saying that the storyline is largely “ambiguous,” much like singer James Hetfield’s lyrics.
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IAmRogue.com's managing editor Jami Philbrick spoke with drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Robert Trujillo and filmmaker Nimród Antal about the film; check out the clip below along with the film trailer.
Award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) creates a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event, Metallica Through The Never. The music-driven feature film combines a bold narrative and spectacular live-performance footage of one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience. Emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond The Pines, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.
As the band performs its most iconic songs for thousands of their fans in a never-before-seen performance created exclusively for the film, Trip is dispatched outside the arena to meet a disabled delivery truck and recover a mysterious item being transported to the show. But the seemingly simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure when his car is hit by an out-of-control driver. Trip, dazed and bruised, climbs out of his van only to find himself pitched in the middle of a tense standoff between angry protesters and charging riot police. In the ensuing mayhem, a vicious masked horseman sets his murderous eye on Trip while delivering indiscriminate deathblows to rioters and cops alike. Fleeing through the desolate, post-apocalyptic urban streetscape, Trip has only his wits to protect him as he attempts to deliver the band’s precious cargo and avoid becoming the horseman’s next victim.
Featuring dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography, the immersive 360-degree show creates a mind-bending, ear-shattering mirror image of the destruction and chaos of Trip’s journey. Metallica Through the Never’s state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously, engulfs audiences in one of the most innovative and exciting cinematic experiences ever imagined.
Metallica performed a "secret" gig in San Diego, CA at Spreckels Theatre as part of "Metallica Day" at Comic-Con. Fan-filmed video from the show is available below:
The setlist on the night was as follows:
'For Whom The Bell Tolls'
'Ride The Lightning'
'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'
'Sad But True'
'Master Of Puppets'
'Nothing Else Matters'
'Seek & Destroy'