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After garnering tons of praise across the festival circuit, WHIPLASH has emerged as one of the highly-anticipated films of the fall. The film is the story of a drummer (Miles Tellar) who enrolls in a prestigious music program, led by one of the most demanding teachers (J.K. Simmons) you've ever seen.
An international trailer has been released, showing some new footage and focusing more on the dedication and drive of Tellar's character and less on the abuse heaped upon him by Simmons (but Simmons does manage to get a solid F-bomb in, so be careful if you're watching at work.
WHIPLASH opens on October 10th.
A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer at a prestigious New York music academy and J.K. Simmons as the teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results. Dubbed “Full Metal Jacket at Juilliard” at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, Chazelle’s jazz musical was developed from his short film of the same name, which premiered at Sundance the previous year. The live jazz core that is fused with Justin Hurwitz’s ambient score, the blood-on-the-drum-kit battle between student and teacher, and the dazzling filmmaking will keep your pulse rate elevated from beginning to end. A kinesthetic depiction of performance anxiety—you don’t need to be a musician to feel it—Whiplash also presents us with a moral issue open to debate.