When Metallica released their first film Some Kind Of Monster in 2004, it was like career suicide. The revealing documentary depicted the US metal heavyweights at one of the lowest points in their stellar career and saw them employing the help of a psychoanalyst to sort out their differences.
Nearly a decade later, vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, who are aged between 48 and 50, have come up with a new movie called Metallica Through The Never, which is showing at IMAX 3-D theatres. This time round, it strays from the typical documentary format and takes on 3-D.
It also employs a narrative that centres on a young roadie named Trip (played by rising US actor Dane De- Haan), who has been sent on an urgent mission to find a mysterious item.
As the seemingly harmless errand turns sinister, Trip embarks on a dangerous conquest with only quick wit as his weapon.
While all this is happening, Metallica are playing a massive show before a sold-out arena crowd on a stage amped up like never before.
Ulrich, 49, told The Huffington Post: "With us, it comes mostly out of this obsessive journey of always wanting to do things differently. I've got no disrespect against any of those other fine (documentary-style concert) films, but let's face it: They're more commercials for the band. They're infomercials.
I don't think anybody needs to see another Metallica member get in and out of a limo, or see another Metallica member trying to fold lunchmeat on a piece of bread, or any of that nonsense. It's been there done it. Leave it to the youngsters, as they say."
For avid fans, Metallica Through The Never is a welcome treat and a step-up from their standard concerts, made spectacular with impressive 3-D effects. But by the end of the movie, it will have the audience scratching their heads and wondering what on earth that secret item in the bag is.
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