Metallica: Through The Never Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Metallica: Through The Never

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence, themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Ride the lightning.

  • Starring:

    Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Kyle Thomson, Toby Hargrave, Mackenzie Gray

  • Directed by:

    Nimród Antal

  • Running time:

    93 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are hung, dragged, lassoed, lynched, punched, hooded, electrocuted, wrestled, kicked, beaten, dowsed with gasoline, set alight, attacked by dogs, pursued, held underwater, thrown, hit by objects. Rioting, angry mob, police clashes, smoke canisters fired, Molotov cocktail thrown, fighting. Vehicle collision, vehicle rollover, carnage. Burning flag (opening credits), burning vehicles, burning debris. Mass panic, extensive damage and devastation, smashed objects. Self-harm. Explosions, sparks, theatrical fire effects, falling debris. Vehicle collision, skateboard accident, smashed glass. Video animation of armed soldiers, tanks, gas masks, skulls, exploding people, air raid, barbed wire. Simulation of air raid (gunfire, lasers, smoke, sirens), mosh pit. Yelling, screaming. Suicide reference (song lyrics). Genocide, cyanide mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanging corpses, dragged corpse, corpses on ground. Bloody handprint, smeared blood, spitting blood, bloody cuts, bloody faces, blood on clothing, dripping blood, bloody head wound, skulls and skull motifs, blood on objects. People trapped in coffins, bloody stage (theatrical), people on stretchers. Bandage.


    Shirtless men, bulging belly. Skimpy clothing, cleavage.


    An unknown pill is consumed.


    Song lyrics feature f-words, s-words, a-words, biblical references and religious exclamations. Name-calling. Obscene finger gestures.


    Metallica (no kidding), roadies, live performances, fans, heavy metal, music, staging, the apocalypse, theatrics, pyrotechnics, groupies, mysterious briefcases, visualisation, blind justice.


    Prison, cemetery settings (theatrical). Fireworks, Tesla coils, electric chair. A doll comes to life (anthropomorphism), zombie mentioned (written), Satan mentioned. Birds (opening titles), dogs, horses, pig mask, maggots. Vomiting, spitting. Swooping cityscape aerial cinematography and brief inverted camerawork. Strobe lighting. Extra footage during credits.


    Wild, fantastic, intense, experimental, abstract, relentless, exhausting, visceral, definitive, ambitious, rousing, gritty, powerful, thrashing, electrifying, immersive, imaginatie. Stunning effects, sensory assault, blaring sound mix, elaborately crafted, visually haunting, tremendous sound design, top-notch tech credits, band are in peak form.


    Silly, incoherent, distracting narrative. Running time is too short. Lyrics are incomprehensible. Not as intimate as the real live experience.

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