WHO’S IN IT?
Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), J.K. Simmons (Juno), Melissa Benoist (Glee), Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale), Jayson Blair (The New Normal), Kavita Patil (The Unit), Michael Cohen (Grossology), Kofi Siriboe (The Longshots), Paul Reiser (Behind the Candelabra), Suanne Spoke (War of the Worlds)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), director, writer; Jason Blum (The Purge), Helen Estabrook (Labor Day), David Lancaster (Middle of Nowhere) and Michel Litvak (Drive), producers; Justin Hurwitz (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), composer; Sharone Meir (Coach Carter), cinematographer; Tom Cross (Any Day Now), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Andrew Neyman (Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer at an elitist music school, who is determined to become one of the greats and step out of the shadow of his father’s (Reiser) failed writing career. He is soon spotted by Terence Fletcher (Simmons), an instructor with a terrifying but strong reputation who recruits Andrew into his jazz band and keeps pushing him to the brink of his abilities and sanity in order to achieve perfection…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Whiplash is a daring, tough, and at times friggin’ terrifying portrayal of over-ambition and obsession, anchored by what is said to be a defining performance from renowned character actor J.K. Simmons.