A heavy metal drummer loses his hearing Sound of metal, an impressive feature film debut for writer / director Darius Marder. The film is headlined by Riz Ahmed, who delivers one of the best performances of the year.
Ahmed’s character Ruben is faced with the daunting realization that his life must change in profound ways. Each piece of its essence revolves around music and the rough lifestyle that goes with it. His girlfriend (Olivia Cooke) is equally immersed; She is just a representative of his interests and talents. As Ruben soon discovered, hearing loss was much more than a disability.
Sound of metal is wonderfully written, with a sharp, lean, and penetrating script. Coupled with an amazing use of sound – or in some cases an absence of sound – Marder and the crew make the movie a visceral experience that lets you feel and sense it in new ways. The sound design and mixing are amazing and really make a very simple and easy little drama.
But at the heart of the film is Ahmed, who is just stunning. Ahmed has quietly established himself as one of the best actors working today, and it is here that he shows off his full colors. From the first to the last second of the film, he commands your attention and deserves any praise given to him.
The movie is great too. Even before its powerful final scene, the film shows what it is like to be physically and emotionally deaf. Highly recommended.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.