Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke in Sound of Metal.
Within the first few minutes of Sound of Metal, we are immediately plunged into the life of Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a heavy metal band, who performs alongside his lead-singer/girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). In a matter of moments into their set, we hear what Ruben hears, which is faint white noise. The drums aren’t sounding like they used to, and what little sound he picks up is muffled. A doctor’s visit leads him to the realization that he’s lost more than 75% of his hearing with the rest likely to go soon. Ruben plays it cool. He can play through it. He can look into treatment options, maybe even surgery. Onto the next gig.
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Steve Pulaski has been reviewing movies since 2009 for a barrage of different outlets. He graduated North Central College in 2018 and currently works as an on-air radio personality in North Central Illinois. He also hosts a weekly movie podcast called "Sleepless with Steve," dedicated to film and the film industry, on his YouTube channel. In addition to writing, he's a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and has two cats, appropriately named Siskel and Ebert!