Sound of Metal

Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.
Darius Marder
Riz AhmedOlivia CookePaul Raci
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Lauren RidloffMathieu Amalric
Bert HamelinckSacha Ben HarrocheKathy BenzBill Benz
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ElizabethReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't even want to try to put into words how much this movie touched me. I am hard of hearing, not completely deaf. Riz did an amazing, incredible job of conveying the emotions that come with coming to realize that one will never again be "mainstream". That even with a device, the effort it takes to assimilate into the hearing world with distortion and painful noises is exhausting, can make one feel inauthentic in trying to "fit in". Maybe my review isn't as adroit as one who is movie savvy might be, but the directing and the timing, the editing and the emotional balance of the film gave so much voice to recovering addicts, people who are hard of hearing, and what it means to be human, to be still, and to be brave. Extraordinary.
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wintermuteReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful depiction what it’s like to lose your hearing, and what it’s like to regain it
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What a weird badly & awesomely made movie.

The bad and awful: the writing, the story, the horrible music they play that isn’t even Metal (maybe spoken word screamo drum noisecore?) but ok it’s destroying his hearing I can look past it, the nonsensical decision by her to put him in a halfway home for drug abusers??? (and the deaf), no other options? Can’t live on their own? when we find out later she has a dad with money maybe she could have brought him to? the nonsense that this deaf halfway home takes away his keys and phone like he is an addict (he was 4 years ago, but he is an adult man now, why can’t an adult have his phone to stay in touch with his girlfriend and family?), the nonsense that since he wanted a cochlear implant that somehow the deaf people living there can’t handle the truth that it’s both ok to be deaf AND it’s ok to want to regain hearing? The nonsense that he is immediately kicked out for getting the surgery, no help, no transition, just out, abrupt, the nonsense that he has zero money but flys internationally to Paris without even checking to see that his girlfriend would be there when he gets there? (Yep he surprises her) because that’s what people with very little money do, take huge risks like that; the nonsense that at her dad’s one moment they’re laying in bed not fighting, no conflict, hugging, he kind of suggests playing music again with her, touring again, but no reply or indication from her at all how she feels about that, and the next moment he is suddenly walking out the door with his bag and the movie is over (wtf just happened? Is he leaving? Why? Wait, what?? Are we supposed to infer why? ). The whole movie felt wrong, stupid, fake, or just dumb. Like that people wouldn’t do this, or that what was happening on the screen made no sense and wasn’t being explained at all.

The great: this movie had a wonderful depiction of what it’s like to lose your hearing, consequences of not protecting your hearing, what it’s like to be deaf, to communicate without hearing, and wonderfully showed what it’s like to live with a cochlear implant. We really appreciated this, and it was memorable. It really redeemed the movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Did they even speak to a late-deafened adult?
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As someone who went deaf as an adult (although not in a matter of days like Ruben), I know the frustration of deafness. However, I also know the pure joy of getting my life back with a cochlear implant. First, there are numerous doctor's appointments. Next, there are many after surgery follow ups. Finally, activation is just day one of the journey. You need many adjustments in the first 2 months. Most late deafened adults do fantastic with a cochlear implant. You don't give up after a month!
People in the Deaf community do not expect late deafened adults to join their culture. We are hearing people who no longer hear. That's how we see ourselves. All the people in the group home were pre-lingually deaf. I don't understand a school full of non-implanted kids. You just don't see that in the US anymore. Even culturally Deaf families are often implanting their kids.
Most people watching this don't have hearing loss and certainly don't have a cochlear for them, it's a nice story. This is riddled with misconceptions and errors and is pretty tough to stomach as the lies and misinformation are are perpetuated.
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MarkReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Came for the drums, stayed for the drama
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In the opening scene of this movie, one thing became clear to me right away. Riz Ahmed is a talented actor, but he clearly hasn't handled drumsticks before. As it turns out, that was just fine, because this isn't a movie about drumming, it's a movie about loss, desperation and struggle. A really impressive flick on all fronts, but to me it's main strength is how deftly it puts the viewer inside the head of Ruben so we can suffer the panic, the frustration and the horror of losing one of the primary senses. It's seriously uncomfortable at times because we hear what he hears, and that's not much at all. There are several scenes in which it becomes almost unbearable, and Ahmed's enormous talent plays no small part in that. When Ruben parts from Lou, the heartbreak and desperation he feels (and therefore WE feel) is absolutely crushing, and there's that rat claw sense of panic again as his whole world seems to go up in a puff of silent smoke. Beautifully paced and acting was solid end to end. As it turns out, I don't care at all if Ahmed can't drum a lick. The dude has chops nonetheless.
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JcJuarezReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Strictly as a movie fan. Not here to judge the music, and i do not know what a life for a deaf person would be like.

I enjoyed the film. I thought it was powerful and very heart warming. I could not guess the next scene or how the movie would end. Loved it. Will recommend
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DouglasReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gut Wrenching and Eye Opening
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This movie is amazing. It flies like a roller coaster through valleys and peaks of happiness and sadness and just an eye opening look at what it's like to experience the world without sound. This needs some awards. Best picture I've seen in 2020.
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Louisa McNaneyReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding Film
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Captivating story. I highly recommend it. This is Oscar winning material. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
I think people are being guilted into writing five-star reviews for this movie
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The only thing realistic about this movie is that a rock drummer could lose his hearing. Pretty much everything else is hogwash. Somehow they're two young broke musicians but they live in a $100k+ Airstream bus with another $50k+ in audio equipment? And when things go south, the girl conveniently has a rich father to bail her out? And the music they play isn't even remotely metal -- more like really bad, loud punk? (who would pay to see this?) And at his most financially destitute, he somehow manages to buy a plane ticket to Paris? And he's treated like a criminal on parole at a halfway house for drug users because he's newly deaf, and actually referred to as "an addict" several times by the hippie running the place, but then kicked out by same hippie for getting Cochlear implants? Just... wow.

The movie is wall-to-wall emotional manipulation and close-up shots of people emoting. And then they really jump the shark by throwing in a class of deaf children who have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I really think a lot of these great reviews are being submitted by people who feel that giving it anything less than five-stars is somehow offending the deaf.

If you want to see a five-star movie about the deaf, rent "Children of a Lesser God". The star of that movie, Marlee Matlin, is actually deaf and won the Oscar for her performance.
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