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Whiplash (2014)

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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

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A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. Written by andrewhodkinson

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The road to greatness can take you to the edge

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for strong language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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15 October 2014 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

Whiplash: Música y obsesión  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,388, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,092,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,982,041
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Trivia

The "double fucking rainbow" remark by Fletcher is a reference to a famous viral video by Bear Vasquez (Paul Vasquez) who reacted ecstatically while capturing a double rainbow on video. See more »

Goofs

During the final scene, when Andrew is walking towards his father, he drops his jacket. He is never shown picking it back up and when he makes the decision to go back on stage he drops his jacket again. See more »

Quotes

Terence Fletcher: The folder is your fucking responsibility, Tanner. Why would you give it to Neiman? Right? You give a calculator to a fucking retard he's gonna try to turn on a TV with it. Now get your sticks and get your ass on stage.
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Connections

Features Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

2nd Nassau Rehearsal
Written by Tim Simonec
Courtesy of 5AM Music Ltd.
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Intense But The Hype And Awards Possibly Work Against It
27 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Do you know who I am ? " asks the film's protagonist as the audience are introduced to him

Yeah you're that Nazi dude who enjoys raping all the new arrivals at the Oswald State penitentiary . Yes JK Simmons is back playing an Oscar winning role which isn't all that different from the role OZ fans know him for . It's nice to see that this years Oscar nominations were heavily in favour of indie cinema . It's even nicer to know that this is the film my fellow members of this site was the pick of the crop from 2014 film releases so sat back hoping to get blown away by it

So is it any good ? Yes but I should quickly qualify this by stating it's not really the masterwork some people might claim it to be . One criticism THE HURT LOCKER received was that you could easily rework the story as someone who has become addicted to adrenaline . Instead of a bomb disposal man you could have the story involve a fireman who takes more and more risks and so it's the same with WHIPLASH . How about a brutal drill instructor trying to turn weak civvies in to efficient killing machines ? That's already been done a hundred times before and so here we've a reworking of a familiar story in a slightly unfamiliar setting of a music school . It's a slightly predictable story and in order for it not to be so predictable there's a few plot turns involving situations that become rather contrived and unlikely to say the least

What stops it all falling apart is director Damien Chazelle using all the tools at his disposal involving editing , sound mix and cinematography to disguise the flaws in the story telling . Certainly many directors nowadays think editing revolves around taking as much cocaine as possible while mutilating any coherent on screen action . The editing style of WHIPLASH is some what showy but is genuinely admirable at the same time . It's nice to actually watch a film and notice the editing while never being irritated by it WHIPLASH is one of the better films of 2014 but it's probably a film that's easier to admire than to like . I did like it but didn't love it and I'm not in a great hurray to watch it again


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