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Whiplash (2014)

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Miles Teller in Whiplash

Details Limited Release: Oct 10, 2014; Rated: R; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Paul Reiser, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller; Distributor: Whiplash LLC.

Damien Chazelle's out-of-nowhere indie darling that snagged top honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival immerses you in the gritty, full-throttle world of a competitive jazz band. That sounds like a joke, but the film, shot in 20 days, delivers genuine electricity. ''I wanted the music sequences to feel like action scenes,'' says Chazelle. ''Big and intense and swirling and epic.'' Miles Teller (Divergent) plays Andrew Neiman, a laser-focused drumming prodigy who comes under the tutelage of a fearsome, tyrannical conductor (J.K. Simmons) at the country's top music conservatory. The student/sensei dynamic gets explosive—even escalating to chair hurling and multiple face slaps. To film the virtuosic drum riffs, Teller had to train almost as hard as his character, to the point that he was actually bleeding from his hands. But the result—a ferocious blur of sticks, sweat, and ruptured blisters—could be a star-making moment.
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
Weekend of Sep 21 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $32.5 1 $32.5 B-
2. $13.1 1 $13.1 B
3. $11.9 1 $11.9 C
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