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Whiplash

Miles Teller plays Andrew Neyman, a young drummer enrolled in one of the best music schools in America, who has to suffer the scrutiny bestowed upon him by his fearsome tutor, a jazz maestro played by J. K. Simmons. As Andrew faces the tough challenge of rising towards his potential, his perfectionist tutor will stop at nothing to achieve the best.

Language: English
Subtitle: No Subtitle
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 15 Jan 2015
Genre: Drama / Musical
Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Distributor: Golden Village Pictures
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist
Director: Damien Chazelle
Format: 2D

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Writer: Naseem Randhawa

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Watch this if you liked: "Begin Again" & "Inside Llewlyn Davis"

The Good, the Bad and the Teacher from Hell:

It has been a while since we've seen a good, no, great movie where the hero struggles to overcome the odds against him. At most times, those movies are laden with cliches and are inescapably sappy, but... [Drumroll] not "Whiplash"! Please, for the sake of J.K. Simmons' character, you want to be anything but a cliche!

There is no one who ignites heart-pounding fear for the lead (student jazz drummer played by Miles Teller) each time he's faced with his adversary on screen as effectively as Simmons' character, Terence Fletcher, the no-nonsense, chair flipping, drum throwing, curses-spewing locomotion of a jazz maestro instructor who demands excessive perfection from a hardworking kid who just wants to be great. Teller too finally finds a role that fits him like a glove, setting himself away from the 'smart aleck' type roles he played in "The Spectacular Now" and "That Awkward Moment" for a stubborn yet eager beaver we can relate to and whom is literally willing to play until his hands bleed all over the drum kit to appease Fletcher.

The movie shows that an abusive relationship comes in many forms, and that of a student and perfectionist teacher is no different. The ending is done perfect with a high tension finale delivering a new found respect for the art if you thought drumming was just beating around stuff with a pair of sticks.

Trivia:

Miles Teller is also a rock drummer in real life for the band, The Mutes. He will be playing Mr. Fantastic next in the "Fantastic Four" reboot.

Cinema Online, 13 January 2015
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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