In a time where we are all currently experiencing an overwhelming sense of loss while trying to adapt to new life circumstances, Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal is thus perhaps the most fitting film of 2020.
A film that probably unknowingly captures this universal feeling right now, portrayed by the magnificent Riz Ahmed as Ruben.
The opening of Sound of Metal is loud, abrasive and chaotic. Ruben, a drummer in a punk-metal band, is lost completely to his performance, a substitute for his former life marred by a heroin addiction. No sooner have we met Ruben and his bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), do both ourselves and Ruben learn that he has already lost 80-90% of his hearing and the rest will soon follow. A stark reminder of the fragility of life, and how quickly one’s reality can be completely shattered.