Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal ★★★★½

What I need is a fucking gun in my mouth

First time watch: April 2021
Source: Amazon Prime

Sound of Metal is the 2019 drama directed and co written by Darius Marder. The film stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci based on the story of drummer Ruben whose life goes to turmoil when he begins to lose his hearing.

The world does keep moving and it can be a damn cruel place

I couldn't imagine the plethora of emotions you would experience discovering that you're losing one of your key senses. I once knew somebody who had a medical condition which meant that her eyesight was slowly being lost and I just don't know how she coped mentally dealing with that gradual deterioration. I struggle as it is accepting the inevitability of death, if you told me I was going deaf or blind it would truly test your character. We all take for granted what we have until suddenly there is a risk of it no longer being available and Sound of Metal takes the audience on a journey that explores powerful emotions such as denial, anger and fear.

The use of sound design cleverly involves the audience, simulating the distortion and silence that Ruben must now face whilst the performance by Riz Ahmed is accessible and powerfully authentic. I felt his isolation, I believed in his struggle, I had a sense of what he was feeling. We are not spoon fed the most optimistic conclusion but Rubens acceptance of his circumstances is rewarding.

2020 - 2029 Films List

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