Rated PG-13 · 107 minutes · 2011

Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) examines the death penalty by talking to two inmates: Michael Perry, on death row; and Jason Burkett, serving a life sentence. Herzog takes a look at the crime that got both men (when they were just boys) into their predicament, and clearly takes an anti-death-penalty stance. Parts of the movie, especially the early scenes detailing the crime, are riveting, while other parts seem to go a little off-track. Overall, it’s an interesting watch, and Perry (who was later put to death) is a fascinating, tragic subject. This film was suspiciously omitted from the competition for Best Documentary in the upcoming Oscars.
Director: Werner Herzog


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Portland Mercury Capeetal Punishment Stare viss me Into za Abyss. by Werner Herzog and Vince Mancini 11/24/2011
Indy Week Werner Herzog's riveting death row doc, Into the Abyss Herzog's fervent fans surely rushed out to see this over the weekend, but for those who need coaxing, let me urge you to do the same in the limited time left for this title. by David Fellerath 11/30/2011
NUVO Review: Herzog's 'Into the Abyss' Don't expect any revelations, but Herzog's documentary on death row includes hard-to-forget portraits of both inmates and those tending to the condemned. by Ed Johnson-Ott 12/09/2011

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