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Into the Abyss

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Werner Herzog

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About the Movie

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill—and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Herzog's investigation may not work as an anti-death-penalty editorial, but its findings are undeniably profound. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Nov 18, 2011

Fresh: A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 18, 2011

Fresh: An inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 17, 2011

Fresh: The abyss here isn't capital punishment, the ostensible subject of the film; it's the seemingly unending capacity for causing and enduring pointless misery that humans seem to have. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Nov 18, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Beware… Don't get fooled

I got fooled by the 90% rotten tomatoes rating. This is pretty much the most boring and useless documentary Ive ever seen in my life. Absolutely pathetic attempt. Sorry, but its true. If you ignore this comment and purchase it and think it REAKS, please leave a review saying I was right. :)

Didn't like it

This is definitely one you can wait to see on TV. Don't waste your money. Whilst the story is very tragic and the topic controversial I fell asleep several times watching it as it rolls through the various stories of the individuals involved. Sorry Herzog, not your best work.

Something to make you think...

I thought the idea behind the documentary was good... the director had some really stupid questions and comments. The people he interviewed really made the story. Their views from all angles really makes one think about their lives. Live your dash.

Into the Abyss
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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