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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: 109
- Fresh: 100
- 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.
Fresh: A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.
Fresh: An inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional.
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.
A great capital punishment commentary
Disturbing and wonderful. Herzog is a master.
Into The Abyss
This movie was pretty boring. The film maker is a German that asks really dumb questions and sounds silly. There was so much more they could have done with this, considering the access they had. Would not suggest.
Disturbing, painful to watch, but Herzog at his inquisitive and revealing best. If you know his work, you'll appreciate this study of the death penalty in the US.
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2011
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