The film is a hybrid of classic narrative storytelling and live performance footage of Metallica rocking out. Though the trailer makes it more than a little unclear what exactly is going on, the press release provided this absolutely wild plot summary:
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 (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched outside the arena to meet a disabled delivery truck and recover a mysterious item beingtransported 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.
Starring “The Place Behind the Pines” and “Chronicle” actor Dane DeHaan (as well as each member of Metallica), the film will expand to additional theaters after its September 27-October 3 run at IMAX theaters. Check out the trailer below.