Metallica: Through the Never—a confounding but awesome mix of concert footage and action movie drama—is in theaters now. Just over a month ago, One Direction: This Is Us made its U.S. debut.
Both are in 3D, and both star bands at the top of their respective genre's feeding chain. But surprisingly, the similarities don't end there. Sure, one is about a gritty metal band and the other is about a manufactured boy band, but these for-the-fans films share a few key factors. From indie directors with similar career paths to superheroes to egregious shirtless shots, here are some of the strange similarities and notable differences between This Is Us and Through the Never.