Essentially a feature length music video, for fans of the band like myself, it's an enjoyable blast through their major hits. The non-concert, fictional narrative is threadbare and mostly superfluous, a minor MacGuffin of sorts that adds very little to the overall experience.
Strange mix of social protest, police brutality, 'After Hours', 'Mad Max', the apocalypse and oh yeah also a concert film by Metallica. Give them points for not being boring; pointless perhaps, but never boring. If you're a fan the band pull out all the stops with a greatest hits show shot in Vancouver and even if you're not one the narrative throughout though bizarre is a nice showcase for rising star DeHaan.
The live show looks fancy and well-done, even if I think 3D is completely unnecessary and adds nothing. However, the story that goes simultaneous with the gig is really disappointing, there's little of it, and what there is, is just some silly nonsense suited more for a music video than a 90 minute live show spectacle.