I haven’t been this devastated after watching a movie in over a year. Still, Sound of Metal tore me apart. The same way Short Term 12 (2012) does every time I watch it. Someone sold me on the premise of Sound of Metal, about the struggle of a drummer who is going deaf, by comparing it to Whiplash (2014). Yet, besides it being about a percussionist it is almost nothing alike. While Whiplash is a masterful adrenaline fueled experience that highlights the sound of jazz, Sound of Metal often has no sound at all. Instead, it focuses all of its energy on relaying to its audience what it's like to be deaf. But that’s far from all it conveys. This movie is emotionally magnificent. I felt so much during its run. I cried several times. Even now, a day after I watched it and I’m still thinking about Ruben, Lou, and Joe. Their different perspectives and what they bring to this story about addiction, loss, and moving on. Going deaf has always terrified me. As someone who lives for movies and video games the idea of missing half the experience, the level that sound amplifies life in general, is something I cherish. And I cherish it so much more after experiencing this film. Director Darius Marder isn’t new to filmmaking, but he’s someone we should be paying attention to. I’ll double that for lead actor Riz Ahmed, who carries his performance like a burden. You can see how much this character means to him as an actor. I really hope people pay attention to this film.