‘Sound of Metal’ Review: Riz Ahmed Delivers a Powerhouse Performance In This Jarring Drama [TIFF 2019]
Posted on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
A sensory overload, Sound of Metal is one of the most fascinating films you’ll see all year. Even when Darius Marder‘s lengthy character drama isn’t quite working – a problem that persists in the final act – it’s always engaging. Sound of Metal puts you in its main character’s headspace more intensely than most movies, fully drawing us into the psyche of heavy metal drummer Ruben Stone (Riz Ahmed, delivering a powerhouse performance). After a life spent slamming away on a drum kit, Ruben suddenly loses his hearing, changing his life dramatically, even drastically. And we’re with him every step of the way, wrapped up in his journey.