Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Long, Chris Mulkey, Damon Gunn Puton / Suanne Spoke / Marcos Kathy / Charlie Ian / Jason Blair / Kofi Sriboy / Kavita Patil / C.J. Vana / Tariq Lowe / Calvin C. Wimbush / Michael D. Cohen / April Grace / Marcus Henderson / Henry G. Saunders / Wendy Lee / Michelle Love / …
Region: United States
Release: 2014-01-16 (Sundance Film Festival) / 2014-10-10 (USA)
Runtime: 107 minutes
Also known as: Instigate the True Self (Hong Kong) / Attack the Drummer (Taiwan) / Instigate Life (Taiwan) / Whiplash / The Whiplash Drummer
Rating: IMDB 8.5 / Rotten Tomatoes 94%
19-year-old Andrew (Miles Teller) grew up in a single-parent family and wanted to be a top jazz drummer. One night when he was practicing in school, he was photographed by the devil tutor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons J.K. Simmons), and he entered a regular band, and at the same time began to pay the price for the pursuit of perfection. The harder Andrew practiced, the more isolated he was from the outside world. The only one who understands him is Fletcher, but the latter’s irritability and moodiness distort this teacher-student relationship, which makes Andrew even more fascinated, and his own personality also changes. Finally, when Andrew finally boarded the stage of the New York Concert Hall, he was horrified to find that Fletcher had been waiting to drive him into the dust…
“Burst Drummer” tells the passionate story of a young man who, under the supervision of a strict teacher, challenges his limits with unconventional means and pursues his dream of being a jazz drummer. The protagonist loves to play drums, but his excessive devotion makes him lose his original intention of music, which has evolved into a life load and an almost crazy duel between master and apprentice. Movies are not only the pain of musicians, but also let people see the cruel truth behind traditional inspiration. “Burst Drummer” won the 30th Sundance Film Festival’s highest honor jury award.
Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Miles Teller as a young aspiring drummer named Andrew Neiman, and J.K. Simmons as his ruthless and demanding music teacher, Terence Fletcher.
The film received critical acclaim for its intense performances, particularly Simmons’ portrayal of Fletcher, and its exploration of the relationship between teacher and student, the nature of perfection, and the sacrifices required to achieve greatness. It was also a commercial success, grossing over $49 million worldwide against a budget of $3.3 million.
Whiplash won three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It also won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Overall, Whiplash is considered a modern classic of the music drama genre, known for its intense performances, complex characters, and masterful direction. The film has since inspired a stage musical adaptation, as well as numerous discussions and analyses of its themes and messages.