J.K. Simmons in WHIPLASH.

An electrifying battle of wills unfolds as Miles Teller’s ambitious jazz drummer clashes with J K Simmons’ demanding teacher at an elite New York conservatory in exhilarating rites-of-passage drama Whiplash. Substitute the terms teacher and pupil for sadist and masochist and you will get an idea of their relationship. This taskmaster wrings blood, sweat and tears from his protégé. The film conveys the rigours and perils of the pursuit of excellence with sizzling immediacy and the result is a compelling cautionary tale driven by percussive editing and tightly wound performances. Teller is brilliant as the driven young musician while Oscar-winner Simmons as his perfectionist mentor makes Full Metal Jacket’s drill sergeant look like a softy.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 106 mins. Director Damien Chazelle.

Whiplash is released on DVD & Blue-ray by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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