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Whiplash
The struggle of a young musician.
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Whiplash

20 Feb, 2015
1 hrs 47 mins
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220 votes
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A nineteen ­year ­old aspiring drummer, Andrew gets handpicked to play in a Jazz band by a music teacher, who uses intimidation to mentor his students to perfection.
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This dazzling, exhilarating drama from the young American director Damien Chazelle isnt a story about the roles played by misery and humiliation in forging a great artist. Its a story about what happens when people believe thats how great artists must be forged: both the mentors raining down pressure and the pupils whose souls are on the anvil. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a talented, dedicated 19-year-old drummer at the fictional Schaffer Conservatory of Music in New York City. Hes cherry-picked for a place in the schools studio jazz band by Terence Fletcher (Golden Globe winner JK Simmons), a conductor who wanders the halls at night, his footsteps a metronomic clack-clack-clack, listening out for prospective young Charlie Parkers he can hammer into brilliance. ...Read full review
Three cheers, then, for one-time aspiring-drummer Damien Chazelle, writer/director of this whip-smart feature (adapted from his 2013 short) about a young wannabe jazz-legend earning his spurs at a fiercely competitive music school. With its scenes of our embattled hero plunging his bruised and bloodied hands into buckets of iced water while a tyrannical music instructor showers him with excoriating epithets and throws chairs at his head, this owes less to the reach-for-the-stars formulas of Fame than it does to the now-familiar beats of boot-camp and boxing movies. ...Read full review
"Whiplash" is cinematic adrenalin. In an era when so many films feel more refined by focus groups or marketing managers, it is a deeply personal and vibrantly alive drama. Damien Chazelle has taken a relatively staid subject like the relationship between a music student and his teacher and turned it into a thriller built on a brilliant undercurrent of social commentary about what it takes to make it in an increasingly competitive and cutthroat world. How far are you willing to push yourself to succeed? How far are you willing to push someone else to force them on the path to success? Carried by two electric performances, the tightest editing in a film this year and a daring screenplay that writes itself into a corner and then somehow finds an unexpected way out, "Whiplash" is as breathless as a drum solo, rising and falling just as the hopes and dreams of its protagonist climb and crash. ...Read full review