Story wise there not a lot to Whiplash, however what little story there is absolutely mesmerising. Helped in no part by two outstanding performances from Miles Teller and J.K Simmons Whiplash is a film that demands to be seen.

Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is a student at a New York music school when his drumming brings him to the attention of unorthodox teacher Mr Fletcher (J.K Simmons). Fletcher who is something of a musical legend and the conductor of the schools ward winning jazz band carry’s a lot of respect in the music world and his word can make or break the carrier of any budding musician.

Fletchers teaching methods are unorthodox to say the least, he throws furniture at his students and submits them to both physical and mental torture. Neyman is given one chance to impress Fletcher who forces him to play the tune "Whiplash", which includes a never ending drum roll, until his hands bleed. What follows is a master verses student story as Neyman, putting up with every insult and challenge that Fletcher can throw at him, sets out to prove to his teacher that he has the talent that can make him stand out from the rest.

Miles, who plays all the drum solos himself, is fantastic as Teller and proves that he's as good a musician as he is an actor and it's no surprise that both he and Simmons have been nominated for acting awards in this year’s Oscars. Don't miss.




Whiplash (15)

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, J.K Simmons


UK Release: Friday 16th January 2015


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