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Jerome's Razor (2002)

A young man's search for meaning takes him west and on a dangerous hike into the wilderness.

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John Swon

Writer:

John Swon
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Credited cast:
Doug Aamoth Doug Aamoth ... Denny
Hillary Churchill ... Employee
Brian Collins Brian Collins ... V.P.'s son
Shad Cooper Shad Cooper ... Dunn
Marcus Edward Marcus Edward ... Jerome
Keli Ferrier Keli Ferrier ... August
Mark Parrish ... Thomas
Chayo Smith Chayo Smith ... Kelly
Jon Stentz Jon Stentz ... Will
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Jerome is stuck. Stuck in a dead-end, underpaying job, stuck in a cubicle next to an obnoxious, unqualified co-worker, and stuck in an office romance that is getting him nowhere. Promotions come and go, and Jerome remains stuck in his unfulfilled position. Somewhere, at the end of all this work and monotony, lies something greater, Jerome keeps telling himself. But as each day goes by, Jerome slips deeper into depression and desperation, constantly at his real purpose. Frustrated and unfulfilled, Jerome hops in his truck and begins traveling west - away from the world that had left him miserable day after day. He's on a mission to discover how much more there is to life. Deep in the mountains of New Mexico, Jerome meets the mystical mountain climber, Thomas who may hold the key to Jerome's salvation. Thomas promises Jerome the revelations he seeks, but only if he can survive the climb. Written by john103179

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Life at it's sharpest

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Reel Cinema Entertainment See more »
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Color
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Title of the film comes from the methodological principle of "Occam's Razor" founded by English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher William of Ockham. See more »

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Like a California Blond...
19 February 2009 | by mnjacobSee all my reviews

...Jerome's Razor is beautiful to look at but there's not much beneath the surface. But not for a lack of trying, that's for sure.

The film is bifurcated - the first act has our protagonist, Jerome, living out the life of a mid-20s worker bee in his cubicle hive. Jerome narrates his frustrations in a detached, zen-like voice as we watch him fail to advance in life and love. Playing out like a dark, philosophical comedy, the first 30 minutes of 'Razor' is excellent if the production values occasionally show through. The pacing, the cinematography and the acting by Marcus Edward are tone perfect - qualities even better understand over time after seeing this screened in 2002 and buying it when it finally came out on DVD in 2008.

The second part as Jerome ditches his failed life for the west and here the film gets about as rough as the mountains that figure so heavily in the film. A dreadfully paced screen in a tramway station is followed by Jerome entering his own Hotel California, except this one is populated by mostly bad actors. To be fair, they're not given much to work with and since the audience isn't sure whether this is real, an illusion or something in between, we're not sure if the performances are intentional or not.

As Jerome falls in with a group of mountain climbers, the film drags but is absolutely stunning for an indie. I see why this film is called the best looking indie in circulation - high praise! Death, danger and overwrought acting follows, but the climbing scenes look pretty realistic and gritty. If the film comes out for rental at some point, I'd recommend at least giving it a look.


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