Guy Ginsberg, sports editor
“Whiplash”, Damien Chizelle’s dark and jazzy thriller, follows the story of Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a tunnel-visioned, aspiring jazz drummer studying music at the Schaffer Conservatory under the infamous twistedly encouraging conductor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons).
The story illustrates a boy’s destruction through psychotic and abusive treatment from his conductor and his obsession with perfection and achieving greatness. Teller delivers a breakthrough performance that excites viewers for what he will do next. His depiction of a tormented musical talent creates a true and vibrant terror in the audience. J.K. Simmons, barely a newbie to the Oscar scene, once again gives a magnificently concocted performance as a jazz-loving, nightmarish monster, who lives to torturingly transform students into jazz legends a la Buddy Rich.
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