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According to Occam's Razor (2005)

Michael R. Blaha , Ruth Gabriel , Philippe Mora  |  NR |  DVD
1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael R. Blaha, Ruth Gabriel
  • Directors: Philippe Mora
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFJM1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "According to Occam's Razor" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Trailer
  • 10 Minutes of Outtakes

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ACCORDING TO OCCAM'S RAZOR started out as a home movie for director Philippe Mora. But when his kids started seeing aliens and UFOs, it turned into an odyssey through the bizarre world, past and present, of UFO believers, charlatans and experts. Assembled over many years, the film is a unique look at the reality and fantasy of the "alien" phenomenon, which not only turned Mora's mind inside out, but will do the same to you. Starting with friends or acquaintances who said they had UFO experiences, Mora challenges himself and the viewer to judge who is telling the truth. Events escalate when he is invited to film an actual surgical procedure to remove an alleged alien implant; Mora films a surgery that clearly could not be faked. The out of bounds journey continues into the world of Nazi UFO's, Marilyn Monroe and aliens, remote viewing, presidential views on UFO's, scathing satire and a demonstration of the power of film and video itself to distort or magnify truth. Alien abduction, UFO's and alien life forms have been a staple of popular culture since Orson Welles' famous War of the Worlds broadcast in the Thirties. But things took a turn for the very strange in the Eighties when people started believing they had actually been abducted for real. Few are more familiar with this phenomenon than director Philippe Mora, who turned his old friend Whitley Strieber's book, COMMUNION, into a film starring Christopher Walken in 1989.

Director Philippe Mora has one of the most unusual careers in the history of cinema, ranging from critically praised documentaries on the 1930s to schlock horror like Howling III: The Marsupials to the respectful movie made from Whitley Strieber's book about alien abduction, Communion. But According to Occam's Razor has to be the oddest of the lot. It's part home movie, part wide-eyed speculation about the presence of alien visitors, and part meditation on the influence of the media over vulnerable minds. This strange patchwork begins when Mora's children claim to have seen a UFO. When Mora begins to investigate other such claims, he interviews a Spanish woman who says she was impregnated by aliens; a lawyer who discusses the legal options of abductees who've been anally probed; and an Australian abductee who suggests that Jews and aliens have been interconnected for centuries (he's Jewish himself). The movie's point of view is unstable--sometimes it seems bizarrely gullible (Mora shows a picture of Hitler on the phone and proclaims it's a picture of Hitler talking with an alien) and sometimes almost satirically skeptical (after a woman abductee says an alien brain-wave-reading device looked like a colander, there's a montage of the woman wearing a variety of colanders on her head). Some portions of the movie are obviously fictionalized; others are just too peculiar to call fake or real. In the end, According to Occam's Razor is a strange, surreal trip through Mora's mind. --Bret Fetzer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I rented this because of Mora having directing Whitley Strieber's Communion film, and expected a UFO documentary, which this 'film' has been advertised as. What I got instead was a waste of a chunk of my life (even having watched bits of this thing in fast-forward). Mora presents his home videos of his family and friends as they occassionaly joke about uFOS. stock footage abounds, with cheesy music playing in the background as mora cracks what I can only guess are supposed to be humorous jokes. A few minutes total time are spent with Mora interviewing some unknown ufo 'experts' but any ufo documentary on the markt contains more of both information and entertainment. I have no idea why this was even released or what it was supposed to be, other than a cash scam on the film viewing public. And by the way, don't misunderstand: I am also enjoy ufo humor and mock-umentaries as well as real ones, but this is neither. It's not funny or interesting, it's not as advertised, and there seems to be no real point beyond Mora having a chance to exploit his collection of home movies. Mora et al, you should be ashamed. PS- oh, and the extras on the disc contain footage of Moras interview subjects (alleged abductees) auditioning for their roles. Mora couldnt even be troubled to have real alleged abductees tell their stories, instead we get actors portraying them (though we aren't told so and why is still a question)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Trash March 14, 2013
It is a pity that there is no ZERO evaluation (no star) on this reviewing method. I paid $4.98 for this DVD and I tried, God knows I tried, to see more than 20 minutes of it...but it was impossible. This DVD is a glued product of whatever pieces the producer/director found in his movies closet which he probably was going to throw away in the trash can, but somehow or someone gave him the idea that making a 96 minutes of pure trash was possibly going to sell based on a fakeful Scene Index listing at the back of the DVD and the possibility that he somehow participated in the Communion movie...but, my Lord, don't you even think about spending a cent on this piece of, yes, you said it! Unbelievable!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Occam's Trash April 5, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Only one other Movie made me this anxious to turn it off and that was Vanilla Sky.


I want my money back!!!!!!
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