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Whiplash review

15 January 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Two knockout performances and some taut direction make Whiplash an unmissable drama. No wonder it's up for Best Picture...

Whiplash is, appropriately, an escalating drumroll of a movie. Starting slowly, picking up the tempo and building drama to a final act where the tension explodes and this drum metaphor stops making sense.

Jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is studying at Shaffer Conservatory, a prestigious music school in New York. He attracts the attention of conductor Terence Fletcher (J K Simmons) and is recruited as an alternate in his band. Andrew quickly discovers that Fletcher is a master manipulator, keeping his band under a reign of terror. Whiplash follows Andrew as he engages in a battle of wills with his tyrannical music teacher.

Whiplash’s pace is relentless. Previously, Damien Chazelle directed one little seen indie film (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench) and has a handful of writer credits to his name, »

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