Andrew (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, unidirectional minded in the pursuit of his career to the top of the music elite. He studied under the direction of mentor cruel and expressly named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons).
But Andrew's ambition to be the best jazz drummer would start to lose their identity. After several incidents that harm Andrew, Terence was fired from his job as a music teacher. Some time later, Terence Andrew met again to fill the empty drum in the show which will be led by Terence.
In the ongoing show that, Andrew was framed because he thought Terence will bring Whiplash, but is not. Humiliated in front of an audience, Andrew showed his ability to see the folder bar Caravan without music. The music is difficult performed by any drum player.