Director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash made quite the impression as the opening feature at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The GeekTryant crew was absolutely floored by the perfectly executed drama, and the rest of the festival-goers and critics agreed. The movie would go onto achieve the rare feat of earning both the top jury prize and the audience award at the festival. The film, which follows a first-year student at a music conservatory striving to make it as a top jazz drummer, currently holds a 94% critics rating and 98% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Bottom line: you need to go see this.
If that rundown of the acclaim this film has received so far hasn’t piqued your interest, perhaps this clip will. This gives you just a small taste of how intense this movie is, and a glimpse at the completely committed performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. In my full review, I further touted the leads and described the movie as “blisteringly fast-paced and deliciously unpredictable.” For even more info you can also watch our video review here.
Whiplash makes its international premiere today at the Cannes Film Festival and is due out in theaters October 10th.
Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher, a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.