Director: Damien Chazelle Run Time: 106 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2014
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser
In WHIPLASH, a young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer
Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.