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The riff and machine-gun snare roll combo that opens Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is a primal thing. My response to it is the same every time — an adrenaline rush, a  bodily thrill, and a genuine feeling of happiness. Now it has an additional effect: making me so ready to watch the 3D IMAX film Metallica: Through the Never. This first trailer for the film from Predators director Nimrod Antal tells us next to nothing about the movie, but it opens with a bit of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ before going into ‘Puppets,’ and the effect of the latter song still takes hold.

We’ve seen that one photo of star Dane DeHaan staring down a whole bunch of armed dudes that look like they’re in the opening stages of a Warriors recreation. The trailer shows us more of those guys, but doesn’t give any clue as to what they’re doing. Insert song title puns here (‘Seek and Destroy,’ ‘Damage, Inc.,’ ‘Battery’) but is that one of the four horsemen that shows up at the end? Seems like it. What the hell is going on there? No idea.

Then there’s the really well-shot live footage of Metallica. The stage set looks great, and the sound is huge. If you were ever a fan of the band, even if you’ve fallen away in the last decade or two, this will probably pull you back in. And if you never walked away in the first place, this is going to push your buttons hard. Read More »

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Is this image a shot of Metallica fans after they got through their first listen of Load? Maybe it’s a sound engineers union reacting to the drum sound on St. Anger, or the original release mix of Death Magnetic? Maybe it’s just a show in Brazil; those fans get crazy.

We don’t know precisely what’s going on in the shot, but we do know it’s the first image from Nimrod Antal‘s film Metallica: Through the Never, which stars Dane DeHaan as a road crew member experiences something that turns his life upside down. Running across a post-apocalyptic mob bristling with weapons tends to do that, I guess.

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A year and a half ago we told you that Metallica would be making a 3D movie, and about a year ago we updated that with news that Predators and Kontroll director Nimrod Antal would be directing. He also scripted.

Now we know that the film is Metallica Through the Never, and it sounds like a part-doc, part-dramatic film. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lawless, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) plays a member of the band’s crew, “who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.” The film is set for release on August 9. That’s right — it’s done, or close enough.

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The career of Nimrod Antal seemed to fall all too quickly into the classic pattern of how not to go from making a festival favorite foreign film to working for US studios. His debut, Kontroll, was generally great if marked by a couple unformed ideas. His next two films, Vacancy and Armored, were better than the packaging suggested, but still not terribly memorable outside the confines of being studio genre exercises. Still, they were better than his most recent film, Predators, the appeal of which faded fast.

After that, I didn’t know what Antal would do next. As luck would have it, he has hooked up with one of the biggest bands in the world. Last year Metallica said they had hooked up with Journey to the Center of the Earth producer Charlotte Huggins to make a 3D film. Now Antal has been announced as director of that movie, which is currently untitled by tentatively set for a summer 2013 release. Read More »

Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal directing Predators

I was one of the people praising the Robert Rodriguez-produced Nimrod Antal-directed Predator sequel Predators a few weeks back. I even screened the film twice. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is far from perfect, but for a lower budget studio sci-fi effort, it’s better than most — and certainly better than Predator 2 or the two Alien vs. Predator films.

The film grossed $46 million domestically thus far — which might sound low, but is actually more than the film’s estimated $35-$40 million budget. The movie has also made $48.2 million internationally, for a $94.7 worldwide total. In just 17 days, that isn’t bad. And the studio is likely to make some good cash on home video as well. But is it good enough for a sequel? The film certainly concludes with the slight promise of another outing. Robert Rodriguez claims that 20th Century Fox is already developing a sequel.

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Predators – What Did You Think?

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Nimrod Antal’s Predators is out in theaters everywhere today, and despite a whole host of story/pacing problems, I had a really great time when I saw it at a press screening this past week. Adrien Brody was suitably badass and Alice Braga proves she can hold her own in a testosterone-filled action film. Most impressive to me was Antal’s work; the film’s set pieces have a great sense of geography and evoke a tension that we don’t see enough of in popular action directors (the deficiencies of Michael Bay come to mind). If anything, Predators proves that Antal has an extremely promising filmmaking career ahead of him.

But what did you guys think of the film? Did you find Adrien Brody convincing as the lead? What did you think of John Debney’s old-school score for the film? Did Antal deliver a solid entry to the franchise? Was the “Predator” mythology respected? As always, spoilers are allowed in the comments.
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Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal directing Predators

On July 1st, I got a chance to participate in a roundtable interview with writer/producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal about their upcoming Predator sequel Predators.

I’m really excited about this film, and hope people get a chance to see it in theaters. I feel like I haven’t really seen a lot of marketing for the film, and most of my friends didn’t even know its being released this Friday (although I’ve been told they are doing a heavy push of television advertisements during sports programing. Predators is a return to form for the series, which in recent years has suffered a not-so-good sequel, and two crappy Alien vs. Predator films. It’s not a great movie, but has a kick-ass opening 30 minutes and is definitely better than I think most will be expecting (to be fair, I wasn’t expecting anything at all).

You can read the transcript from the roundtable/press conference interview after the jump.

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Predators, the new film from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal, is just about to open. So, now that the film is in the can, with that can ready to be opened by slightly-suspecting audiences like a mark unscrewing the old ‘surprise snake’ gag, what’s next for Antal?

There’s the possibility of a sequel, but the film he wants to make next is a dystopian thriller called Paraffin. Read More »

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