While drummers are often the butt of the joke, the truth is they are lynchpins to any musical group. They are crucial for keeping everybody in time, establishing the feel of the song and ensuring no one goes off course. And those responsibilities are taken to dramatic heights in the upcoming drama "Whiplash."

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film earned strong buzz, and now you can see why, with the first clip rolling online. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons lead the film that follows a determined drummer, eager to succeed where his father failed, coming up against the intense instruction of a teacher at a high profile music conservatory. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, only perfection will be acceptable.

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film later this year. Watch below and read our review here.