November 11, 2011 (Limited)
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images
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...
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Not to be confused with a James Cameron action-thriller, Into the Abyss
is Werner Herzog's latest documentary, a plain-spoken examination of the death penalty and its morality. Does anyone, no matter their crimes, deserve to put to death? Does the threat of the death penalty deter criminals? As a so-called civilized culture, is it beneath us to execute people? Into the Abyss
is a touching, emotional journey that, despite the filmmaker's clearly stated opinion, doesn't take sides. Full movie review »