Sound of Metal (2019) Movie Review

Sound of Metal – Powerful Drama

Director: Darius Marder

Writer: Darius Marder, Abraham Marder (Screenplay) Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance (Story)

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric

Plot: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

Tagline – Music was his world. Then silence revealed a new one.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Sound of Metal starts when heavy metal drummer Ruben (Ahmed) starts losing his hearing, putting him a crisis situation as he is in the middle of touring with his girlfriend Lou (Cooke). Ruben believes he is waiting for the chance to get surgery that could bring his hearing back, but first he must seek help.

As Ruben gets into the program with Joe (Raci) he starts to learn to adapt to a life as a deaf man, learning sign and showing he can help others going through the same troubles, even if he is still dealing with the denial of what is going on.

Thoughts on Sound of Metal

Characters & Performances – Ruben is the heavy metal drummer that is a rising band with his partner Lou, they have their own sound which will see him need to find help after he suddenly starts to lose his hearing. He doesn’t know what to do and must treat the change much like his own addictions in the past. He must adapt to a community home that is filled with deaf people learning to adapt to the environment, as he must learn sign language and decide what he wants, a surgery that might not work, or peace in this new life. Riz Ahmed does give a powerful performance throughout the film, one where he deserves all the praise he is getting. Lou is the girlfriend of Ruben that pushes him to get help when he starts to lose his hearing, knowing it could be the best way for him to stay clean and solve the problems he is dealing with. Olivia Cooke does well in the supporting role without getting as much screen time as we would have liked. Joe runs a community for deaf people to learn to adapt to life while deaf, he knows what it is like to go through this, using his experience to guide people and understand their frustrations. Paul Raci does bring us a wonderful calm performance which is perfect opposite the panicked one given from Ahmed.

StoryThe story here follows a heavy metal drummer that starts to lose his hearing and must learn to adapt to the dramatic change to his life, taking support from people that have gone through the same experiences he is going through, being the people around him, that he needs to make the right decisions for the next stages of his life. This is a story that will show us how someone will start to see a drastic change in his life, one that will fill him with denial from being able to continuing doing what he loves. The story is told in a way that we experience the changes that Ruben goes through, where we can’t always hear the conversations or understand the sign language going on around him.

ThemesSound of Metal is a drama that highlights the shock somebody would go through when they suddenly lose their hearing, the sound design in the biggest attraction to this film, as our own senses are put through the ringer as we get different tones to the sound going through, fuzzing up the dialogue much like how Ruben is hearing them.


Sound of Metal is a strong drama that is carried by the stunning performance from Riz Ahmed and the use of sound.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – R – Ride (2018) Movie Review

Director: Jeremy Ungar

Writer: Jeremy Ungar (Screenplay)

Starring: Bella Thorne, Jessie T Usher, Will Brill

Plot: A cautionary tale aimed at a technology-obsessed society.

Tagline – Some Rides Should Never Be Shared

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

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Verdict: Slow Thriller

Story: Ride starts as James (Usher) sets out on his night as a driver in LA who works off an app for his fees, as he tries to make it as an actor, this night his first client is a beautiful lady Jessica (Thorne), who invites him out, only for his job to lead him to his next fare, Bruno (Brill) who wants his services for a longer period of time, with the money being hard to refuse.

This night does take a twist, when Bruno shows his true colours, forcing James and Jessica into complete a series of tasks around the town, each one becoming more dangerous.

Thoughts on Ride

Characters – James is an aspiring actor who moonlights as a driver for hire, tonight he picks up to fares, first a woman that asks him out, secondly by a man that wants to hire him for longer to complete task, he must prove how far he would go for the right thing. Jessica is the first fare that asks James to join her for a drink, she gets this wish later in the night only to find herself caught in the middle of the battle between James and Bruno. Bruno seems like an overly friendly fare, only he ends up pushing James to the next level to do thing illegal, showing his unstable side.

PerformancesWe only have three actors in this film, only none of the three really make the impact they want to, which doesn’t help the audience engage with what is going on.

StoryThe story here follows a driver for hire that has a night which sees him pick up two fares, with one taking them on a journey which shows just how unstable he truly is. This story does seem to get caught up in the middle of nowhere because the motivation behind what Bruno is doing seems to random to make sense and only just makes things drag along, we just don’t get sucked into the story in the way you imagine, finding yourself waiting for the point to be made, and it doesn’t happen.

Action This does use moments of action, which is mostly James and Jessica trying to find a way to escape, though it isn’t the most exciting.

SettingsWe use the streets of LA for settings her, which shows us how the party lifestyle could be used to make more happen through the film.

Scene of the Movie – The first drive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Motivation seems missing.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that doesn’t seem to get going the way it wants to and ends up feeling a little empty by the end of the film.

Overall: Plain Thriller.