Whiplash Cin­ema

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Let’s be bru­tally hon­est. The only thing that sounds less ap­peal­ing than a movie about ‘jazz drum­ming’ is a Fifty Shades re­make star­ring Nigel Farage and Ann Wid­de­combe. But just know this – Whiplash is one of the most thrilling, ex­tra­or­di­nary and riv­et­ing movies you’ll see this year. And yes, we know it’s only Jan­uary.

Miles Teller stars as An­drew Neiman, a 19-year-old as­pir­ing jazz drum­mer with one thing on his mind – to­tal pro­fes­sional and drum­ming dom­i­na­tion. It’s an as­cent seem­ingly fast-tracked by his se­lec­tion into the ses­sion band of in­fa­mous con­duc­tor Ter­ence Fletcher – played by an un­recog­nis­ably-terrifying JK Sim­mons. What starts off as a dream gig swiftly spi­rals into a night­mar­ish tale of ob­ses­sion and psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare be­tween the two.

Whiplash sub­verts ex­pec­ta­tions at ev­ery turn, thanks to a re­fresh­ingly lean script, two bril­liant, bru­tal per­for­mances by Teller and Sim­mons, and an elec­tri­fy­ing rhythm that makes drum­ming scenes come alive with the pulse-pound­ing in­ten­sity of an ac­tion film. For­get the overblown, pre­dictable and CGI-bom­bas­tic block­busters – if you want to re­mem­ber how to fall in love with cin­ema, just give Whiplash a whirl.

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