A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
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As with most of his roles, he more than did his homework. Ahmed moved to Brooklyn for a few months and learned to play drums, he also spent a lot time with people from the deaf community. He showed the same dedication for his Naz Khan role in 'The Night Of', he immersed himself in the character's background. Expect no less from this actor.
Having two partially deaf relatives, I could relate to this film. Especially one relative who refused to learn sign language, they would rather read lips. Thinking of my relatives initially denying their hearing loss, this film really hit home.
Why are people bringing up Riz being Pakistani? With every role, will he continue to be defined by his background? His character was named Ruben, it's assumed his character was Hispanic. Riz can play other nationalities and ethnic groups beyond his own South Asian background. He can certainly pass for Hispanic, especially in this film. When considering Riz for a role, directors and producers should think outside the box.
The ending was extremely effective, but not a surprise at all.
Another excellent performance from Riz Ahmed. A few more films like this and he will finally have earned his Oscar.
- Jan 31, 2020