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Whiplash

Powerful but unpleasent to watch

(Edit) 17/10/2016

A group of young music students learning the skills to work together to produce amazing music, leaving each evening and able to socialise and discuss fond memories. That's what it should be like, but perhaps that wouldn't make a good movie!

The sadistic perfectionist teacher in this film obviously has a screw loose. He relentlessly uses targeted verbal, physical & psychological abuse in an attempt to force competitiveness and obedience, supposedly to get perfection from his students and find the next musical prodigy. This is a perfect example of how the means do not justify the end. To me the teacher's approach was so extreme as to be unbelievable in a Western educational establishment (except perhaps a military boot camp). None-the-less, at the end of the film I was left thinking and hoping there aren't parts of the world, such as Asia, where this sort of experience is a reality, and the pressure to succeed prevents individuals from escaping it.

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